Myths Slow Down War Against Cervical Cancer in Kenyan County

According to a 2019 Human Papillomavirus and Related Diseases report, 5,250 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Kenya. It is also the first and most common female cancer in women aged between 15 and 44 years in Kenya. But, despite the alarming figures, women in Wajir are hesitant to take up the HPV vaccine immunisation. The low uptake of HPV vaccine in the county has been blamed on myths and misconceptions, where some people believe that the vaccine is injected directly into the cervix.

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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki witnesses the vaccination a 10 year old girl with HPV vaccine at Othaya Health Centre in Nyeri County (file photo).

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