By Rumbidzayi Zinyuke 03/05/18 P1
First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa officially launched the National Human Paillomavirus vaccination programme in Mutare expected to benefit over 800 00 girls aged between 10 and 14. Beneficiaries will be vaccinated against cervical cancer between now and may next year. The launch complements government efforts to reduce cases of cervical cancer. The First Lady said access to the anti cancer vaccine was key to achieving primary health care principles, the provisions of the national constitution and the achievement of sustainable development goals. She urged parents and guardians to allow their daughters to access the new HPV vaccine and protect them from cervical cancer. Health is intractably linked to development and healthy women and mothers are a key ingredient to a wealthy nation. The HPV vaccine pilot project was launched in September 2014 in Beitbridge and Marondera where about 9 000 adolescent girls aged 9 to 14 from the two selected districts received the new anti cancer vaccine.