Rwanda is the first South African country to get Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination against the sexually transmitted cervical cancer for girls and screening for women at no cost under a comprehensive integrated cervical cancer prevention programme, announced by the First Lady, Jeannette Kagame.
While pilot projects are being run in Kenya, Cameroon, Ghana, Lesotho, Tanzania and Uganda, Rwanda has become the first country to get a complete benefit of the cervical program.
Confirming the news, the First Lady claimed, “Starting this week, thousands of young Rwandan girls and women will have an opportunity to live their lives without the threat of what has been a potentially fatal illness”.
With over 100,000 girls across the country to get HPV vaccine, the First Lady expressed grave concern over the vulnerability of the young girls of the age between 11 to 15 years to fall as the victims of cervical cancer.
Moreover, the First Lady appealed the local health authorities to target the girl who are not studying in schools, so that they can also get maximum benefit from the program.
As cervical cancer is being treated as one of the leading cause of deaths in the country, this is a great opportunity for the country to eradicate the scar of cervical cancer from its turf.