As government continues to popularize the HPV shot for girls aged 9-11 years, medics say 96 percent of the population is not aware that males too need to get the Human Papilloma Vaccine (HPV) which protects them from acquiring the virus and passing it on females they are sexually involved with.
Sabina Lokeris, a Village Health Team member for Iriiri Sub County in Napak district, says that since December last year, the district health team together with VHTs have been engaged in sensitising the community to ensure hygiene and smear their houses with cow dung.
According to the medics, the HPV vaccine is vital to adult women between the ages of 25-45 since they are sexually active and likely to get infected with the virus. However, with the high costs attached to the vaccine, many women are likely to be left out
According to Pius Wakabi, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), the reduction of oxygen levels in the waters of Lakes Victoria, Kyoga and River Nile were caused by heavy winds and decomposition of sunken plant matter in the waters which reduced oxygen.