Girls completing the eighth grade this year will be able to get the human
papillomavirus vaccine in district health offices around the country courtesy of
the Health Ministry, even during summer vacation. The vaccine was recently added
to the basket of health services and prevents cervical cancer caused by the
virus that is transmitted through sexual contact.
Beginning in the
2013-14 school year, all girls in the eighth grade will have the vaccine
available to them by the School Health Service nurse instead of going to a
district health office. Cervical cancer is a rare malignancy caused by exposure
to an infectious virus.