Tanzania starts vaccination to prevent the spread cervical cancer

Written by on April 10, 2018

Tanzania’s government has launched a vaccination campaign to prevent the spread of cervical cancer.

More than 600,000 girls aged 14 years and below will be vaccinated.

“Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in Tanzania and is the leading cause of cancer-related disease and deaths among women in the country,” project manager Daphrosa Lyimo told Newsmen.

“Globally, more than 260,000 women die of this cancer, which is preventable and treatable if detected at early stages,” he added.

The government hopes that the campaign will reduce health costs. Treating a cervical cancer patient costs about $2,000 (£1,400) while about $15 (£11) will be spent on vaccinating each girl, officials said.

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