By Fasilat Lawal

About one million girls between the ages of nine and fourteen will be vaccinated against the Human Papiloma Virus, HPV next week Monday Children’s Day in Oyo State. 

The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Health Care Board, Dr Muideen Olatunji, made this known while speaking with Radio Nigeria in Ibadan. 

Dr Olatunji explained that one dose of HPV Vaccine protects against Cervical Cancer noted that sexually active school age girls needed to verify their HPV Status before taking the Vaccine. 

He pointed out that the vaccine is free for every eligible young girls called on parents and guardians to give their consent to enable them benefit from the exercise. 

Dr Olatunji said the exercise will last for six days in schools, house to house and community    . 

He emphasized that  the HPV Vaccine will be incorporated into the routine immunization schedule at the primary healthcare centres across the state to make it available to girls who have not reach the age of nine. 

The Executive Secretary, Oyo State Primary Healthcare Board added that out-of-school girls between age 9 to 14 will also be vaccinated, enjoined people to support the programme.

Oyo State is among the second phase to roll out HPV Vaccine.

Also, United Nation Children Emergency Fund, UNICEF, is also organising an HPV vaccination programmes across some states in the Southwest among which is Oyo State.

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