Published on Friday, December 18, 2009
By Mwangi Ngamate
Approximately 100 young women have been vaccinated against the Human Papillamavirus, the causative agent of most cervical cancers.
The Medical Officer of Health and the Director of Public Health, Dr Kiran Kumar, on Wednesday, 16 December noted that the campaign had gone well, with about 50 more women remaining to take up the first project undertaken by the government and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.
The Medical Director of the Cancer Society, Sook Yin, said that they have budgeted for up to 160 volunteers to take up the potentially lifesaving HPV vaccine.
In a press statement by the Health Services Authority (HSA), there has been appeal for more young women to come forward and take up the vaccine.
“The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which protects against cervical cancer, is still available, at no charge to young women between the ages of 11 and 17 years, as part of the pilot project undertaken by the Ministry of Health and the Cayman Islands Cancer Society in August this year,” read the statement.
Dr Kumar noted that the vaccine is given at the Public Health Clinic at the Cayman Islands Hospital every Wednesday from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Dr Yin noted that staff from her society are always there during the administration of the vaccine to answer any questions that the parents and young women may have concerning the vaccine.