Uptake of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine among the private medical profession has been dismal, leading to unnecessary deaths every day, according to Johannesburg gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Peter Koll.
“Penetration into the target patient population has been huge elsewhere in the world – up to 80% in some European countries. In SA, it is certainly under 5% and probably as low as 2%,” he said.
Considering that one in 20 women in this country who receive the HPV vaccine will be saved from cervical cancer, the second most prevalent cancer among women in SA, Dr Koll finds it hard to understand the lack of will among private doctors to protect their patients from the disease.
Of course, the fact it COSTS so much to vaccinate against HPVs could have something to do with the lack of uptake??