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School girls targeted in Cervical Cancer vaccine drive in Vanuatu

School girls targeted in Cervical Cancer vaccine drive in Vanuatu

Updated 4 June 2013, 11:20 AEST

More than 3,000 school girls in Vanuatu will receive vaccinations to prevent cervical cancer over the next five years.

The national cordinator of the vaccination program from the Vanuatu Department of Public Health, Apisai Tokon says a 2009 study of HPV infection in Vanuatu showed that 5% of Ni-Van women over 30 had pre-cancerous conditions.

Cervical cancer is one of the biggest killers of women in Vanuatu.

Mrs Tokon says there are trained nurses in the hospitals, health center, dispensaries and aid posts to carry out the $100,000 vaccination program.

Presenter: Hilaire Bule

Speaker: Apisai Tokon, national cordinator, cervical cancer vaccination program, Public Health Department, Vanuatu

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