Nigeria to vaccinate 7.7 million girls against leading cause of cervical cancer

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Nigeria is set to vaccinate 7.7 million girls against the leading cause of cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV). This is a significant step forward in the fight against this deadly disease, which is responsible for an estimated 34,000 deaths in Nigeria each year.

The HPV vaccine is highly effective in preventing cervical cancer, and it is important to vaccinate girls before they become sexually active. The Nigerian government has partnered with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) to provide the HPV vaccine for free to all girls aged 9-14.

 

What you should know:

The vaccination campaign will be launched in November 2023 and is expected to reach all eligible girls within the next three years. The government has also committed to providing comprehensive education on HPV and cervical cancer to girls and their parents.

This vaccination campaign is a major victory for public health in Nigeria. It is estimated that the HPV vaccine will save the lives of over 100,000 Nigerian girls in the next decade.

In addition to the vaccination campaign, the Nigerian government is also working to improve access to cervical cancer screening and treatment. This includes building more screening centers and training more healthcare workers to perform cervical cancer screenings. The government is also working to raise awareness of cervical cancer and encourage women to get screened regularly.

The fight against cervical cancer is not over, but the Nigerian government is making significant progress. The HPV vaccination campaign and other initiatives are helping to ensure that Nigerian girls and women can live healthy and productive lives.

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