By Martha Lehobo p8 22.05.18
More than 17 000 girls drawn from 246 schools across Gutu district are set to bevaccinated against the Hunan papillomavirus (hpv) during 10 day vaccination programme being rolled out by a local non governmental organisation, medicine san frontiers (msf). The vaccination programme is aimed at reducing the chances of adolescent girls developing cervical cancer. It is targeting to vaccinate schoolgirls between the ages of 10 and 14 years. Mrs Makaudze said her organisation has already engaged Gutu traditional and political leaders to raise awareness of age and of the HPV vaccination roll out. She said there was also need to coscientise some rural communities about the importance of having their children vaccinated as some are subscribed to religious and cultural norms incompatible with modern medicine. Dr Mupepe indicated that vaccination reduces chances of developing cancer before they are sexually active and the process is also done for free. In effort to reduce cervical cancer related deaths,government with the help of partners is rolling out a nationwide HPV vaccination programme targeting one million girls aged between four and ten years.