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Rethink rollout of HPV vaccination

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:10 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Every day, it becomes more evident that too many persons who have been placed in positions of leadership lack sound judgement and common sense.

How could the minister of health, Dr Christopher Tufton, and his team think that it would be OK to administer the HPV vaccine to our 12-year-old girls without sufficient consultation with the parents or guardians, teachers, and other stakeholders? Would Dr Tufton be willing to have his daughter or granddaughter vaccinated in this manner? No discussion, no public education, or sensitisation?

In my almost 70 years of life, I cannot recall even mosquito eradication exercise taking place without public education via the airwaves, town hall meetings, communication through the schools, etc.

No, Dr Tufton, this is not the way to deal with what the Ministry of Health is reporting to be a very serious problem of cervical cancer that is affecting a large number of our female population. Greater care, sensitivity and respect are required to treat with this matter.

I hope enough public outcry will make you step back and reconsider your approach to implement this poorly thought-out initiative.

EILEEN POWELL

eileenpowell52@gmail.com

Mile Gully, Manchester