Olivia Johnson
Sun, Sep 10, 2023 7:55 PM

Lagos State to Introduce HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer

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Lagos State to Introduce HPV Vaccine to Prevent Cervical Cancer
The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCD) is set to introduce the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in order to prevent cervical cancer among girls aged 9 to 14. Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women globally, and the second most common in Nigeria. The vaccine, called Gardasil, will be administered free of charge in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory from September 25 to September 30.

The Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (LSPHCD) has announced its plan to introduce the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine as a preventive measure against cervical cancer among girls aged 9 to 14. The initiative aims to address the growing number of cervical cancer cases in Nigeria, where it is the second most common cancer among women.

Mrs Clara Owojuyigbe, the Director of Health Education and Health Promotion Services of LSPHCD, made this announcement during a media parley held in Lagos. Cervical cancer, also known as cancer of the uterine cervix, is the fourth most common cancer among women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Owojuyigbe urged parents to take advantage of this opportunity and ensure that their daughters between the ages of 9 and 14 receive the HPV vaccination. She highlighted that the vaccine, named Gardasil, provides long-lasting immunity against the human papillomavirus and subsequent cervical cancer.

"I am appealing to parents, religious leaders, and community leaders to bring their children for HPV vaccination from September 25 to September 30. The vaccine is expensive, but the government is providing it free of charge to pre-teen girls," stated Owojuyigbe.

The first phase of the vaccination campaign will be carried out in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory, including Lagos, Nassarawa, Kano, Jigawa, Enugu, Abia, Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa, Kebbi, Osun, and Ogun. This nationwide effort aims to protect girls at a critical age when they are most vulnerable to HPV infection.

The introduction of the HPV vaccine represents a significant step forward in combating cervical cancer in Nigeria. The long-lasting immunity provided by the vaccine offers a preventive measure against a disease that claims the lives of thousands of women every year. By making the vaccine accessible and free of charge, the government hopes to reduce the burden of cervical cancer and ultimately save lives.

This initiative not only highlights the importance of prioritizing women's health but also emphasizes the need for ongoing education and awareness about cervical cancer prevention. By actively involving parents, religious leaders, and community leaders, the campaign aims to reach as many girls as possible and ensure their future well-being.

Cervical cancer is a preventable disease, and with the introduction of the HPV vaccine, Nigeria is taking a significant step towards eliminating this health threat. It is crucial for parents and communities to embrace this opportunity and protect their daughters from the potential dangers of cervical cancer.

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