21 States to Begin Phase Two of HPV Vaccination Exercise.

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At least, twenty-one (21) states in Nigeria are set to roll out phase ii of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination exercise, starting 27th may, 2024.

This information was contained in communiqué issued at the end of a meeting of the Nigeria governors forum (NGF), held earlier this week in Abuja.

The communiqué signed by the chairman, Nigeria governors’ forum (NGF) and governor of Kwara state, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, the forum had received a briefing on the commencement of the exercise from its senior health advisor, Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab on progress in the state involved, with expanding health insurance coverage and their performance on nutrition, as well as the primary healthcare (PHC) leadership challenge during the meeting.

“We, members of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), at our meeting held today, deliberated on various issues of national importance.

“Members received a briefing from the Honorable Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr. Oladele Alake, on recent policies, institutional and operational reforms undertaken by the ministry in harnessing the mining potentials of the country.

“He sought the cooperation of State governments in his drive to create an enabling business environment for investors, support artisanal and small-scale mining cooperatives, address illegal mining, and de-risk the sector. The Minister encouraged State Governments to form mining companies and apply for mining licenses.

“The Forum welcomed the reforms, however, advocated for stronger intergovernmental relation in coordinating the activities of the sector from licensing, and surveillance to operational safeguards.

“The Forum received briefing from Dr. Ahmad Abdulwahab, NGF Senior Health Advisor, on States’ progress with expanding health insurance coverage and their performance on nutrition as well as the Primary Healthcare (PHC) Leadership Challenge. He also informed members about the roll-out of Phase II of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination exercise in 21 States starting 27th May 2024. Members committed to ramping up effort at achieving the necessary improvements advocated” reads the communique in part.

In October 2023, the Nigerian government initiated the integration of the human papillomavirus vaccine into the national health system, to immunise 7.7 million adolescent girls ages 9–14.

The launch which is spearheaded by the Nigeria primary healthcare development agency, will accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer as a public health problem in Nigeria.

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