LILONGWE, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Malawi government will in January immunize all girls aged nine against human papillomavirus (HPV) to prevent them from cervical cancer.
The country's chief of health services, Charles Mwansambo, disclosed this on Wednesday saying Malawi is currently leading in cervical cancer prevalence in the world.
He said the government has secured support from Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance to conduct the campaign.
The official assured all Malawians that basing on the previous trials, the immunization is safe as it proved ideal to immunize the girls with the vaccine before they engage themselves in sexual activities where they can get HPV.
Malawi medical journal of 2017 described cervical cancer as the most common cancer in women in Malawi. According to the journal, cervical cancer accounts for over 40 percent of female cancers and it is a major cause of mortality and morbidity.