14 January 2014
The Western Cape Department of
Health will be embarking on a vaccination campaign against Human Papillomavirus
also known as HPV.
Statistics show that one in every
eight women that die in South Africa, die
from complications as a result of Cancer of the Cervix.
The department’s health teams will
be visiting all public schools to administer free HPV vaccination to girls in
Grade 4 in 2014 and who have already turned nine and older.
Provincial Government Health
Spokesperson Jo-Anne Otto said the HPV virus is responsible for all
approximately 80% cervical cancers and cancer is one of the leading killer
diseases in the country.
Otto said this vaccination is an
opportunity to protect girls from the age of 9 years or older and it will start
on 17th of February 2014 to 14th of March 2014.
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