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FG approves human papillomavirus vaccination phase 2, commences May 27 

The federal government weekend approved the second phase of the human papillomavirus vaccination (HPV), scheduled to commence on May 27.

The Director of Disease Control and Immunisation at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Rufai Garba,  stated this in Abuja at a one-day sensitisation programme of the National Association of Women Journalists and Women Religious Groups on HPV vaccine.

The government on October 24, 2023, introduced the first phase of the HPV vaccine into the routine immunisation system, targeting over seven million girls of age nine, which is the largest number in a single round of HPV vaccination in African.

The first phase encompassed 16 states, including Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Enugu, Jigawa, Kano, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Osun, Taraba, and the Federal Capital Territory.

The second phase will encompass the remaining states – Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Edo, Ekiti, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara.

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. Nigeria contributes an estimated 12,075 new cases of global cervical cancer annually.

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