Matlhabaphiri launches HPV vaccine demonstration project
Assistant Minister of Health Mr Gaotlhaetse Matlhabaphiri has officially launched the Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine demonstration project.
The demonstration project targeting 2 700 pupils from 23 primary schools around Molepolole will cover pupils in standard four, five and six aged from nine years and above.
Giving a keynote address at Cannon Gordon Memorial School in Molepolole, Mr Matlhabaphiri said his ministry aimed at reducing the risk of cervical cancer infections in young girls commonly caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV).
The assistant minister said cancer prevention could be achieved through different methods such as delaying sexual debut, education, screening and treatment for adult as well as abstinence.
He indicated that the launch of HPV vaccine demonstration project was a result of the 2008 funding agreement between Botswana and the World Bank to implement the country’s National HIV and AIDS Prevention Support Project through NACA.
The demonstration project is a joint venture between Ministry of Health and Ministry of Skills and Development to accesses feasibility, accessibility and cost effectiveness of the school based project.
He however assured the nation of his ministry’s commitment towards improving the health system through human, financial and infrastructural resources for the sustenance of the program.
“This momentous event brings us closer to achieving our national Vision 2016 Pillars and beyond; and also reducing the morbidity and mortality to cervical cancer”, he added. ENDS
Source : BOPA
Author : Kebaeditse Baitlotli
Location : MOLEPOLOLE
Event : Vaccine Launch
Date : Mar 27 Wed,2013
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