The Federal Government on Tuesday introduced the Human Papillomavirus vaccine into the routine immunization system. The vaccination targets over seven million girls, which is the largest number in a single round of HPV vaccination in the African region.
A statement by the World Health Organisation noted that a five-day mass vaccination campaign in schools and communities will be carried out during the inaugural roll out in 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Executive Director, Center for Community Empowerment and Poverty Eradication, (CCEPE), Abdulrahman Ayuba who urged the Government at all levels to create more awareness to tackle the increased rate of human papillomavirus, HPV, advised women to get vaccinated for prevention of the HPV virus.
Meanwhile, Kwara State has been listed to be part of the states included in the second phase of the vaccination which is to be administered to girls between Age 9 to 14 years set to start in May 2024 in 21 states.
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