Outgoing Executive Director of the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) George Griffith (second left); hugs his successor Juliette Bynoe-Sutherland while members of the newly elected board (from left) President Ruth Phillips, and Public Relations Officer Tracee Albert look on. Other board members are Treasurer Hashim Degia and Vice-President Alex MacDonald.
The Barbadian public needs to put its trust in the Ministry of Health and its professionals.
This was the assertion of outgoing Executive Director of the Barbados Family Planning Association (BFPA) George Griffith as he responded to questions from the media on some of the public’s concerns about the safety of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.
The vaccine targets the virus which can lead to cervical cancer and several other cancers and is currently being administered to secondary school girls, with the consent of parents.
Speaking to the media yesterday at the Bay Street headquarters, Griffith noted that the BFPA had been offering the vaccine for more than 18 months without any adverse implications.
“There are a number of persons in Barbados who are visiting some of these very obscure and ill-informed websites. You will find opposition to every and anything if you search...