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Nation-wide ovarian cancer vaccination launched in Ethiopia

Cancer is one of the major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases. Together they cause over 60% of total global mortality every year. In Ethiopia, cancer accounts for about 5.8% of total national mortality. One of the types of cancer that is a leading cause of cancerous death among women in Africa is Cervical cancer. At a press conference dedicated to the 8th African Vaccination Week, State Minister of Health Kebede Worku said that cervical cancer attacks Ethiopian women at the age of puberty and subjects them to severe pain and death. According to him, Ethiopia has made preparations to provide vaccination for women as a major preventive measure to roll back the disease. The nationwide vaccination against cervical cancer began in October 2018, Ministry of Health disclosed.