Close to 25,000 girls from Kilifi County aged between 9 and 12 years. will be vaccinated against Human papillomavirus.
The vaccination program by the ministry of health is a campaign aimed at addressing the challenge of cervical cancer in the country.
Speaking during the official commissioning of the Mkaomoto dispensary in Malindi Constituency, Dr Omar Anisa said the HPV vaccination program will help reduce the risk of cervical cancer among women.
“We have made all the necessary arrangements and our health officers will be moving from one house to another,” she said.
Dr. Anisa also revealed that the Kilifi County administration will be conducting Polio vaccination for children under five years this October.
“We are working on a program to upgrade our hospitals in Bamba, Jibana, Rabai, Marafa and Mtwapa to level four hospitals,” she said.
Earlier this month, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki re-assured Kenyans that the HPV vaccine is safe .
The health CS said that the vaccine went through requisite testing by the WHO.
Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women aged 15 years to 44 years in Kenya.