As part of efforts to reduce the mortality rate of women in Adamawa to cervical cancer, the State Government is set to begin vaccination of young girls between the ages of nine and 14 years against the Human Papilloma Virus, which is responsible for the disease.
This was disclosed by the Chairman of the state Primary Health Care Agency, Dr. Suleiman Bashir, on Friday, in Yola.
Bashir said the exercise would begin on Monday in the 21 local council areas of the state.
He stated that the vaccination is expected to last for five days, saying, “The vaccine is safe, free and effective. The vaccine is the most effective prevention against cervical cancer.
”The HPV vaccination offers maximum protection, but women older than 15 years have to undergo screening before they get vaccinated.”
He noted that cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women.
”Thousands of girls are expected to be vaccinated across the state. Cancer has no known cure but it can be prevented if proper and timely action is taken.” He said.
Bashir, however, urged parents of all girls in the age bracket to allow their children to get vaccinated.
He also assured that health officials would go around house to house to ensure wider and effective coverage.