Cervical cancer vaccination welcome

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccination campaign of young girls between the ages of nine and 13 for the prevention cervical cancer, started yesterday. The target group is primary school pupils, and the out of school youth.

The HPV is one the many vaccinations that the Government has engaged in previous years.  However, vaccinations like this have never encountered resistance from the intended beneficiaries. In most cases, there is scepticism as to what the vaccinations are intended to achieve.

There is always suspicion on the quality of vaccines used, and whether there were no underhand dealings to engage in such vaccines. Secondly, there are tribal or religious groupings who do not believe in what they call ‘modern’ medicine.

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Women in Politics caucus NGO, a welcome development

In the 2014 General Election, women who stood for parliamentary elections were a mere 17 out of a total of 192 aspirants, and sadly the number dropped to 11 out of 210 parliamentary aspirants in the 2019 General Election. Hopefully, registration of the Women in Politics Caucus will give women the necessary support to join politics. While things were slowly improving, women for a long time were at the receiving end as compared to their male...

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