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  • Updated: May 25, 2024

Cervical cancer: 4.95m girls vaccinated against HPV - FG

Cervical cancer: 4.95m girls vaccinated against HPV - FG

No fewer than 4.95 million girls, aged nine to 14, have been vaccinated so far against the Human Papillomavirus in the first phase of the vaccination across 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

Prof Muhammad Pate, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, revealed this on Friday in Abuja at the sectoral ministerial press briefing to mark the first anniversary of President Bola Tinubu in office.

HPV is a common sexually transmitted infection that has a silent harbinger of several types of cancers, including cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women aged 15 to 49 years.

The Federal Government introduced the Human Papillomavirus vaccine into the routine immunisation system on October 24, 2023, in 15 states, and the FCT

The first phase encompassed Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Enugu, Jigawa, Kano, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Osun, Taraba, and the FCT

The second phase of the HPV vaccination has been scheduled to start on Monday, May 27, in Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara states.

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