Cervical Cancer Vaccination Records Low Uptake

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State Minister for Primary Health Care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu is concerned that despite the high investment towards the procurement of HPV vaccines, their uptake has remained low in many parts of the country.

Uganda still records a high prevalence of cervical cancer due to low response to vaccination against Human Papillomavirus (HPV), a group of infections responsible for the spread of genital cancers.

The campaign launched in November 2015, targeted girls between the ages of 9-13. The aim was to reach over 850,000 girls, in and out of school, to protect them against cancer of the cervix.

Uganda loses up to 300, 000 women to cancer of the cervix annually, according to records by the Ministry of Health. Nearly half a million people surfer from cancer of the cervix in Uganda.  The disease is spread through vaginal, anal, and oral sex and is more common among people who have unprotected sex with many partners.

However, State Minister for Primary Health Care Dr Joyce Moriku Kaducu is concerned that despite the high investment towards the procurement of HPV vaccines, their uptake has remained low in many parts of the country. The Ministry of Health spent 8 billion Shillings on procurement of HPV vaccines.

Dr Moriku says that while standards set by the World Health Organisation-WHO require all young girls to get two doses of HPV vaccines given at an interval of six months, just a small percentage of these managed to complete the schedule.

She says majority of the districts have failed to administer the second anti HPV injection to girls who were captured in the first immunization round.
 
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Rakai District Health Officer Dr Robert Ssaku largely attributed the low uptake to inadequate orientation of health workers and uncoordinated public sensitization which left behind a lot of misconceptions about the vaccine.

Ssaku advised the ministry to dedicate more time to sensitization of parents on the need for a vaccine.
 
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In Uganda, Cervical cancer accounts for 80 percent of all cancers.