Girls in Nandi County set to receive free anti-cancer vaccine.

Girls in Nandi County are set to receive cervical cancer vaccines starting tomorrow.

The vaccine, offered through the County Department of Health will be given for free across the six sub-counties and will target girls aged between 9-14 years – who are classified as a high risk population.

Two free doses of the vaccine against the cancer-causing human papilloma virus (HPV), will be administered six months apart, at public, private and faith-based facilities across the county.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and biggest cause of cancer deaths. Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the primary cause of 99.7 per cent of all cervical cancer cases.

The disease claims about seven women in Kenya every day, about 3,000 per year, according to statistics from the MoH.
Earlier today, the department of Health held a sensitization forum with members of the county assembly and sub county administrators on the importance of the vaccine.

Speaking at the forum, CEC for Health Ruth Koech said the vaccine was a preventive measure and was cheaper than cancer treatment, and would bring down the local cancer burden.

“The work of a vaccine is to provide cushion before exposure and that is how they work better-because the body builds up defence against the virus and the vaccine is safe,” she said.

In attendance were the County Assembly Health Committee members, Director for Health Dr. David Bungei, religious leaders and other senior health officials.

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