Lower cost of HPV vaccines – Lungu

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu (second left) addressing the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, in New York, USA, on Monday. PICTURE: EDDIE MWANALEZA

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has appealed to pharmaceutical industries to consider lowering the price of HPV vaccines to enable countries like Zambia to increase cervical cancer immunisation coverage.
During a high-level meeting on the elimination of cervical cancer, on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, President Lungu said pharmaceutical companies also need to make the cost of chemotherapy drugs cheaper.
He said Zambia has one of the world’s highest rates of invasive cervical cancer incidence at 58 per 100,000 and mortality rate at 36 per 100,000 per year.
Flanked by Minister of Health Chitalu Chilufya, President Lungu said cervical cancer is the commonest cancer in Zambia, accounting for over 30 percent of all new cases recorded annually.

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