Cancer: Abuja Residents Urged To Take HPV Vaccine For Prevention

The Primary Health Care Development Agency and Pathfinder International are currently offering the Human Papillomavirus vaccine to Abuja inhabitants. This vaccination is recommended in order to avoid cancer.

This was revealed during a vaccination and sanitization exercise in Kabusa, a neighborhood in Abuja, by the Pathfinder International Nigeria’s communication officer, Bayo Ewuola.

According to him, the HPV vaccine is effective against genital warts and most cases of cervical cancer.

Emphasising that the vaccine is free, he said: “Girls from nine to 14 years old are encouraged to take the HPV vaccine. This must be done to stop the prevalence of cervical cancer at an earlier age. This is why we are here in collaboration with the Primary Health Care Development Agency and others,” he said.

Samuel Gbowu, the chief of Kabusa, said the community is open to initiatives that impact the well-being of his people.

The chief, represented by Joel Gbowu, the Yarima of the community, noted that the programme is timely in addressing rising cases of cancer nationwide.

Cervical cancer kills at least 22 women in Nigeria daily, according to data from 2023.

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