STARTING next year the government plans to provide free cervical cancer vaccination all over the country in a bid to control increasing infections of the disease which is caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).
The good news was announced here by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elders and youth, Dr Ulisubisya Mpoki, when opening HPV evaluation workshop.
Dr Mpoki said that Tanzania, like many other developing countries, has been losing a lot of women who die of cervical cancer. Dr Mpoki also said that due to the advancement of science and technology, experts have developed modern vaccination that is aimed at protecting women from infections caused by the human papilloma virus.World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative, Mr Christopher Kamugisha, said the country is among the best in the world which manage and produce good results in most vaccination programmes.
“We believe, with the good performance in the area of vaccination, I am optimistic that the organization expects this project to bring good results,” he said.
He gave some guidance to all stakeholders to this progrmme within the Ministry of Health to make sure that every newborn is registered and is ready to receive the vaccine.
He further said, for the country to continue receiving assistance from the WHO, it must ensure that, all set parameters towards the vaccine programme are archived with success. The workshop started in Dodoma yesterday and will continue for three days.