Cervical Cancer: Girls tasked on HPV Vaccination

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…As experts warn against sale of vaccine drugs

Deboy Oti, Awka .

The Executive Secretary of the Anambra state Primary HealthCare Development Agency, Pharmacist Chisom Uchem, yesterday, urged girls to vaccinate against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which, she said ,prevents cervical cancer.

Uchem, who gave the advice in Awka, during a
one day expanded stakeholders sensitization on Human papilloma virus vaccine said the HPV is free, safe and effective .

Executive Secretary/CEO, ASPHCDA, Pharm Chisom Uchem

She equally warned members and staff to desist from selling the vaccine.

According to her , the vaccination which is sponsored by National primary healthcare Development Agency in collaboration with Anambra state primary Healthcare Development Agency with support from World Health Organization

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“I charge you to be our ambassadors in propagating the immunization message to the grassroots and it will be punishable under the law to sale or make sharp practices with the vaccine. It is the right of every child to benefit free from the government largees.

In their separate speeches earlier, Edith Onwuka (SIO), Mrs Onyaidu Abraham (UNIXEF Consultant fo NPV, and Sir Ugochukwu Emeribe of National Primary Health Agency in his speech said that the vaccination is against cervical cancer caused by the Human Papilloma virus .

“This high burden of cervical cancer is attributed to several factors including poor access to HPV vaccination, poor screening services and treatment service, low awareness and access to health facility especially in rural areas

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“HPV is mainly transmitted through sexual contact and most people are effected after onset sexual activity

‘The HPV is a crucial tool preventing cervical cancer and other related diseases

“Vaccination at the recommended ages of 9-14 is also crucial for maximum effectiveness as it should occur before any exposure to HPV

” WIde spread of vaccination can lead to hers immunity, reducing the overall burden of HPV related diseases in the community” she said

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