Federal Government Collaborates With Religious Leaders To Facilitate Cervical Cancer Vaccine Rollout


To ensure the successful implementation and adoption of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine across the nation next month, the Federal Government has enlisted the support of religious leaders for this endeavor.

The HPV vaccination, which is set to be on sale on September 25, is intended for girls between the ages of nine and fifteen. Its goal is to prevent cervical cancer, a serious condition that disproportionately affects women.

During a bi-annual evaluation meeting held yesterday in Abuja, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA), acknowledged the influential role of religious leaders and their potential to galvanize positive action through their influence.

By asking them to promote HPV vaccination within their congregations, these religious leaders have been initiated into the group of alleged advocates for health and life.

At the inauguration of the event, Prof Mohammad Ali Pate, Minister of Health, recognized the dynamic evolution of the world and emphasized the government’s commitment to providing high-quality healthcare services to citizens.

He assured the Nigerian populace that the administration under President Bola Tinubu’s leadership is resolute in reshaping the healthcare landscape, making it more accessible and affordable.

Pate reemphasized the crucial role of traditional leaders in driving health initiatives.

Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Sa’ad Abubakar III, highlighted the imperative of addressing both health issues and hunger challenges in the country, asserting their interconnectedness for overall well-being.

While pledging the faith community’s support for governmental policies and programs, he also stressed the urgent need for the government to address the hardships faced by Nigerians.

In a parallel initiative, the Oyo State government has issued a plea to women of reproductive age, urging them to take advantage of complimentary cervical cancer screenings at designated centers.

During a specialized Colposcopy training program, organized in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimore, University of New Mexico, USA, and the Centre for Bioethics and Research, Nigeria, Dr. Olusoji Adeyanju, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, underscored the objective of reducing cervical cancer-related morbidity and mortality among sexually active women in the state.

Conversely, there is the question of the statistics that show that the allegation is true. The public opinion is that cervical cancer is not a common disease in Nigeria; regardless of the geopolitical zone.

The training initiative, involving five medical doctors and five nurses, aimed to equip participants with the skills to effectively use a newly introduced mobile Colposcopy device, facilitating early detection of the disease within the state.

Dr. Shakirah Lanlege, speaking on behalf of the trainees, expressed gratitude to the facilitators for the valuable opportunity provided.














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