Venezuela’s goal is to reduce human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, for which it plans to acquire doses of vaccines against this disease, which will begin to be applied from the second quarter of next year, reported Tuesday the Ministry of Health.
“As a first step, it is envisaged to carry out a preventive plan aimed at the population aged 9 to 12, to prevent the spread of HPV, and thus align us with the projects of the World Health Organization (WHO )”, did he declare. the head of the general directorate of health programs of the ministry, Raul Carbonell, quoted in a press release.
He explained that with vaccination, it is expected to reduce the number of infections, the number of which he did not specify, “HPV is the main cause of cancer of the uterus, a pathology which is currently one of the top ten most common diseases in the world”. ,” he said.
Carbonel did not specify how many vaccine doses they expect to obtain for next year.
On September 15, the Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Alliance for Immunization (GAVI) agreed on “sustainable funding” to strengthen the regular childhood immunization program that aims to include the HPV vaccine in the Venezuelan program.
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