The government through the Ministry of Health and Child Care and its development partners is targeting to vaccinate more than 800 000 girls countrywide between the age of 10 and 14 against human papilloma virus infection as it scale up efforts in the fight against cervical cancer in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe is among countries faced with a huge challenge to combat cervical cancer in women with figures showing that four women are dying each day due to the non-communicable disease.

As part of efforts to combat the disease, a national programme on human papilloma virus vaccine has been rolled out.

World Health Organisation said human papilloma virus vaccination should be part of the country’s holistic approach to cervical cancer strategy hence the need to be supported.

UNICEF chief of health and nutrition Nejmudin Bilal said there is need for a multi stakeholder approach and total engagement to ensure the programme is a success.

Human papilloma virus is the main cause of cervical cancer which spreads easily through skin to skin contact during sexual activity with an infected person and HPV types 16 and 18 are associated with about 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases.