On Tuesday the 24th of October 2023, the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in partnership with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, World Health Organisation and UNICEF will launch the HPV vaccines in Abuja,
Gavi said in a statement that the Alliance and its partners have been working tirelessly to improve access to life-saving vaccines across the globe.
“As one of our key partner countries, Nigeria is on the brink of a significant public health milestone. On 24th October 2023, Nigeria will officially launch the HPV vaccine, marking a pivotal moment in the country’s efforts to combat cervical cancer, one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths among women in Nigeria,” it stated.
The launch will be immediately followed by a roll-out of the vaccines in some selected States in Nigeria including; Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Enugu, FCT, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Nasarawa, Ogun, Osun and Taraba.
The statement also said that the events will serve as a platform for key stakeholders, including government officials, healthcare professionals, and advocates, to emphasise the importance of HPV vaccination and its ability to save lives.
The introduction and production of the HPV became necessary due to an upsurge in cases of cervical cancer around the globe. Globally, cervical cancer causes more than 342,000 deaths annually, with 90 percent of women dying in both low- and middle-income countries.
The HPV vaccine is alleged to be the most effective vaccine, with a success rate of 92 percent in preventing cervical cancer, but its scarcely accessible or available for millions worldwide.
However, Ireport247 did a research on the vaccine, and made a shocking discovery. You can read up here.