Kano targets over 1.5 million girls for HPV immunisation

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Dr. Labaran Yusuf helps in vaccinating a girl against HPV during the flag-off in Kano on Saturday

By Maduabuchi Nmeribeh/Kano

Kano state government has targeted to immunize 1, 550, 000 age 9 to 14 girls during the five-day campaign for the vaccination of Human Papiloma Virus (HPV) flagged-off by the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Abubakar Labaran Yusuf, on Saturday.

Dr. Labaran Yusuf who disclosed the targeted number of persons to be vaccinated during the campaign, said the exercise is scheduled to take place across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.

He said that the HPV vaccination campaign is a proven scientific invention found to be effective in preventing HPV infection that leads to Cervical Cancer in women.

According to him, a single dose of the vaccine is highly effective in preventing infection with HPV Types 16 and 18 which are known to cause, at least, 70 per cent of Cervical Cancer.

Dr. Labaran Yusuf further stated that, “the mass vaccination campaign is designed to take place in schools and communities, including places of worship, using temporary fixed posts.

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” It is hoped that the vaccine will later be incorporated into vaccine immunization schedules within health facilities. The vaccine is safe, free and effective.”

He called on parents and other care givers to, “use this golden opportunity provided by the government to ensure that children (girls aged 9–14 years) receive this vaccine to get protected from HPV infection that cause Cervical Cancer which leads to untimely death of women in this country.

” Cervical Cancer is now considered a vaccine preventable cancer evidenced by significant reduction in its prevalence in countries where the vaccine is taking through routine immunization process.”

He also seized the opportunity to appeal to parents to immunize their children against other vaccine preventable diseases such as diphtheria, measles, pertussis, tetanus, tuberculosis, polio, hepatitis, pneumonia, among others.

Among partners and Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) who attended the flag-off ceremony and promised to help government ensure the success of the vaccination exercise include UNICEF, WHO, MSF, CORE, GROUP, AFENET, CHAI, among others.

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