Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly made the announcement ahead of Cervical Cancer Elimination Day of Action.
300 women in Ireland are diagnosed with cervical cancer every year, and 90 will tragically die because of it.
The news that Ireland is on target to ‘eliminate’ the aggressive cancer came ahead of Cervical Cancer Elimination Day of Action. It is believed that the goal would be achieved by increasing HPV vaccination rates for girls aged 15 from 80% to 90%.
The World Health Organisation considers it an ‘elimination’ when cervical cancer cases drop to 4 per 100,000 women.