Response to your article on HPV

The Ministry of Health wishes to react to a news article that appeared in Mmegi Newspaper (20 February, 2015) captured as follows: Even before the Ministry of Health (MoH) has started administering the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in primary schools, some parents have expressed their skepticism.

In a snap survey parents indicated that they did not understand anything about HPV and could not allow their children to be vaccinated.

The Health Ministry wishes to assure the public that the HPV vaccine is safe for their children. HPV vaccine prevents infection from HPV types which are responsible for 70% of cervical cancer worldwide, It also protects against types that cause anal and genital warts. The vaccine is given as an injection on the arm muscle, under the strict supervision of a health worker, and is administered in a 2 dose schedule.

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