New vaccination to fight cervical cancer

The National Department of Health (NDoH) and The Rotary Club of Boroko Inc has welcomed the arrival of the Gardasil vaccination against Cervical Cancer today in Port Moresby.

The Gardasil vaccination, also called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine, enables the body to protect itself against most types of cervical cancer and genital warts and is most effective when given to young girls before the onset of sexual activity.

HPV is one of the main contributing factors to cervical cancer.

Eligible girls will receive two doses of the vaccination 6 months apart.

At the airport to receive the 3 pallets of vaccines were Dr Edward Waramin (NDOH Adolescent Health Manager), Dr Julia Stinshoff and Johnny Arava (NDOH Acting EPI Manager).

Dr Waramin who is also the Team Leader for the HPV Vaccination Pilot in Port Moresby said: “I am very excited that the project is moving forward and I would like to thank all the stakeholders of this project for their patience and support.”

The HPV Vaccination pilot is a project working in partnership with the Rotary Club of Boroko, NCD Health Services, US Embassy, Papua New Guinea Cancer Foundation (PNGCF) and other stakeholders.

PNG is thought to have among the highest burdens of cervical cancer globally and it is estimated that 1500 women die every year of cervical cancer in PNG.

Annette Kora