Workshop to assess latest in HPV vaccine

A second media workshop for the 2017 Cervical Cancer Vaccination NCD pilot project is set to be held tomorrow at the Health Facilities Standards Branch, Port Moresby.

Launched on March 10 by the National Department of Health in partnership with the Department of Education and the Rotary Club of Boroko, the first workshop took place earlier this month.

The first workshop was hosted by the PNG Cancer Foundation on Friday, March 17 with the aim to assist with answers to questions that may arise from the public about the cervical cancer vaccine.

National coordinator HPV vaccination program, Dr Edward Waramin encouraged girls to get immunized as cervical cancer is the only cancer that can be prevented through a vaccine.

He explained that most cancers of the cervix can be prevented by the cervical cancer vaccination or HPV vaccination.

The second media workshop to be held tomorrow is expected to provide an update on the progress of the project and to also answer any queries that may have arisen since the launch of the project.

The workshop will be facilitated by HPV technical advisor Dr Julia Stinshoff.

Dr Julia Stinshoff, during the last media workshop highlighted that the vaccine has been shown to be 95 to 100% effective in preventing infection from the two types of HPV (16 and 18) that can lead to 7 out of 10 cervical cancers.

The vaccine will also protect against genital warts and some cancers of the vulva, anus and mouth.

Annette Kora