Uganda government is to introduce HPV vaccine against cervical cancer and Rota vaccine that protects children against diarrhoeal diseases.
HPV vaccine and rota vaccine will supplement the newly introduced Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) being rolled out in Uganda.
Sarah Opendi, the state minister for primary health confirmed the introduction of HPV vaccine against cervical cancer and Rota vaccine that protects children against diarrhoeal diseases.
Cervical cancer is the commonest form of cancer among women in Uganda and accounts for over 80% of female cases. While Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main cause of cervical cancer…HPV is a common virus that is passed from one person to another during sex.
Mass cervical cancer vaccination of young girls aged 9 and 15 across the country will start early 2015 according to Opendi.
Preparations to roll out the Rota Virus will also start in 2015, although mass vaccination of children against the virus will start in 2016.
Rota Virus is the main cause of severe diarrhoea among infants and young children. The virus causes severe diarrhoea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal pain.
Rota Virus causes more than a half a million deaths each year in children younger than 5 years of age, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).