The Vicar general of the Obala Diocese, Centre region of Cameroon, Mgr Luc Onambele has prohibited the administration of the Gardasil vaccine against cervical cancer to girls in schools and health centres under the Diocese on the basis that it is incomplete and untimely on girls aged between 9 and 13.
The prelate who is a PhD holder in public health and preventive medicine has addressed a letter to heads of Catholic institutions and health structures under the Obala Diocese on the reasons why the vaccine should not be administered on the girls.
According to him, there are 18 types of Human papillomavirus, HPV which cause cervical cancer but the Gardasil administered on the girls he say is only efficient for types 16 and 18 cancerous lesions and not for the 15 others, thus the vaccine is incomplete.
Added to that, Mgr Luc Onambele states that Gardasil in no way changes the development of the infection in sick women, reason why it is administered on girls aged between 9 and 13 meanwhile girls of this age group were least represented during clinical trials.
According to him, it has been proven that the administration of this vaccine has some side effects including death.
Consequently, he has prohibited the administration of the vaccine on girls in institutions under the Diocese.
At the end of the letter, he calls on his collaborators to make sure the decision is strictly respected.
The Gardasil vaccine was introduced in the country last month targeting over four hundred thousand young girls.