By Bukola Bardi

All is now set for the vaccination of girls against the Human Papilloma Virus, HPV in Ondo State as the exercise commences on Monday, May 27, children’s day.

The vaccine prevents Human Papiloma Virus, the virus, which predisposes women and girls to cervical cancer.

The Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Francis Akanbiemu, announced this in an interview with Radio Nigeria on the readiness of the government to roll out the vaccine.

Dr Akanbiemu explained that the vaccine, already available in the state would be administered on girls of age 9 to 14yrs in all the eighteen local government areas over a period of five days.

He noted that a mop-up exercise would thereafter take place to ensure that all eligible girls were reached.

The vaccine will roll out from Monday, May 27, please mothers allow your children to be vaccinated, we cannot quantify what the government is doing now in terms of this Human Papilloma Virus vaccine. The long term effect of having daughters who would not come down with cervical cancer in the future would be a monumental one. The government has started a race now and the race will not complete until girls of 9-14yrs are reached

Dr Akanbiemu emphasised that HPV vaccine was a disease preventing vaccine and does not affect the female reproductive system urging mothers to shun any misconceptions and present their girls of age 9 to 14yrs for vaccination against Human Papilloma Virus.

The Director, Disease Control in the agency, Dr Victor Adefesoye while noting that the government hoped to vaccinate eighty percent of girls in the first instance hinted that the vaccine would be taken round schools, markets places and other designated points while it would also be available in all primary health care centres across the state.

The government is targeting eighty percent of our girls in the first instance and this can be made possible with the help of our Mothers, pls let us catch these children young with the HPV vaccine, present them for the vaccination when our health workers get to you” Adefesoye said.

Dr. Adefesoye added that health workers scheduled to administer the vaccine had already been trained to carry out the exercise with a sense of responsibility.

The state Immunisation Officer, Mrs Comfort Olagundoye also urged school proprietors and mothers to cooperate with health workers when they get to them.

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