“The vaccine of the cervical cancer protects women from getting that type of cancer but does not prevent them from facing other consequences related to sexual intercourse like getting pregnant and getting infected with HIV/AIDS” as said by Anathalie Uwimana the leader of the vaccination programme in Giheke sector Rusizi district while starting the mother and children’s health week in the sector.
During this week many activities will be done which include the vaccinating young girls between 12-14years against cervical cancer, giving out blood tablets [vitamin A],worm tablets and also medicine that cleans water for pregnant women.
To give out vitamin A tablets they started with children of 6months-5years and also giving out family planning services
After finding out that there are some girls who got this vaccine of cervical cancer who thought that they could not get pregnant or even get HIV/AIDS after being with men, the leader of the vaccination group in this week that was dedicated to the health of women and children in Giheke sector, Uwimana reminded the girls that “this vaccine cannot help someone with other problems related to sexual intercourse that are not vaccinated”.
One of the girls that got this vaccine said that” the use of the vaccine had been explained to them very well and also reminded fellow girls that after getting it ,it was not a guarantee for them not to get pregnant or even get other diseases related to sexual intercourse”.
The director of Gihundwa hospital Dr.Placide Nshizirungu thanked parents in Giheke for coming for this act of vaccination on the first day, and also asked them to go and tell others about it so that there will not be any child that will be forbidden from getting this vaccine in their sector.
The week that was dedicated to mother and child health by the ministry of health was started in 2008 in order to reduce on the deaths of mothers and children especially children under 5years.