Elgeyo Marakwet County kicks off HPV vaccination exercise

A girl gets the HPV immunization shot. The process is meant to protect young girls from Cervical cancer.
Authorities in Elgeyo Marakwet County have officially launched the HPV immunization drive which is aimed at protecting Girls against Cervical Cancer.

This comes a week after President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off the process in Mombasa where he said that the vaccine was a step towards managing the disease which has caused suffering to many families.

Girls aged between 9-14 years are required to be vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), a leading cause for Cervical cancer.

Speaking in Iten Primary where the exercise was officially launched by County Commissioner Dr. Ahmed Omar together and County government Health Executive Mr. Kiprono Chepkok, the authorities called on parents across the county to ensure their daughters are vaccinated.

According to Mr. Chepkok, the exercise is targeting about 10,000 children in 494 primary schools in the County.

” From tomorrow _Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we shall be administering the jab in 130 immunization centers,” said the County executive.

The HPV vaccine is administered in two doses, the second dose will be given six months after the first dose.

Without the two doses, the vaccine will not be effective in preventing Cervical cancer.