KHAMMAM: A pilot project for prevention of Human Papilloma Viruses (HPVs) and cervical cancer through vaccination was launched in Tirumalayapalem mandal in the district on Thursday.

Two more mandals - Bhandrachalam and Kothagudem – would also be covered under the project. Inaugurating the programme, Minister for Cooperation Ramreddi Venkata Reddy said cervical cancer was the leading cause deaths among women.

Khammam was the first district to be covered under the pilot project in the country.