FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES HPV PROJECT
Written by Tunde Adeyemi on October 25, 2023
The federal government has launched the Human papillon virus, HPV, for females from 9 and 14 years in 15 states of the federation including the federal capital territory.
The president’ wife, Oluremi Tinubu while flagging off the project in Abuja said the protection of girls and women is of utmost importance.
HPV is transmitted mainly through sexual contact with most infection been asymptomatic with most process taking an average of 20 to 30 years from infection to develop in women with normal system and as short as 5 to 10yrs in women with weakened immune system.
The launch of the HPV vaccine is expected to help fight the spread of the killer disease amongst girls between 9 to 14 years in 15 states and the FCT.
Over 60 thousand girls and women are said to be at risk of contracting human papillon virus responsible for the Cervical Cancer in Nigeria.
It is the second most common cancer affecting women in Nigeria and, estimate puts the figure at 12,75 cases and 7968 deaths in 2020.
Nigeria is introducing HPV vaccine using a phased approach, aside the first 15 states in the 2023 batch, the remaining 21 states will have their turn in 2024.