New HPV vaccine to save women from cervical cancer

By Moses Kidandi

In a bid to reduce the number of women who succumb to cervical cancer in the country, the ministry of health has appealed to the Uganda cancer institute to make available vaccination of adults against the human papillomavirus (HPV) in the country.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the East African region carries the highest burden of cervical cancer globally and Uganda is among the five countries with the highest rates in Africa.

Now the state minister of Health for General Duties Sarah Opendi says much as government introduced free vaccination of girls aged 10 years against HPV in the country, it is being constrained by limited funds to also cater for the vaccination of female adults.

She however says once the Uganda cancer institute makes available this vaccination, it can be easily accessed by women at a fairer price.