NPHCDA promises availability of HPV vaccine in 2021

Yusuff Moshood

The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency says it is working to ensure that the Human Papilloma Virus is available for Nigerians next year.

The agency in a Tweet posted on its official Twitter handle @NphcdaNG on Monday said the HPV vaccine is crucial to halting the spread of cervical cancer in the country.

“We are working to ensure accessibility and availability of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine by the year.

“This will target young girls and boys to eliminate HPV,” the agency said.

The HPV, according to the agency has been confirmed to be responsible for over 70 per cent of cervical cases.

The NPHCDA post while noting that HPV is a common virus passed from one person to another during sex, also stressed that all women exposed to the virus are at risk of being infected with cervical cancer.

According to the World Health Organisation, almost all cervical cancer cases (99%) are linked to infection with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV), an extremely common virus transmitted through sexual contact.

The WHO stated that while most infections with HPV resolve spontaneously and cause no symptoms, persistent infection can cause cervical cancer in women.

“Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer in women. In 2018, an estimated 570 000 women were diagnosed with cervical cancer worldwide and about 311 000 women died from the disease.

“Effective primary (HPV vaccination) and secondary prevention approaches (screening for, and treating precancerous lesions) will prevent most cervical cancer cases.

“When diagnosed, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer, as long as it is detected early and managed effectively,” says WHO.

Meanwhile, the NPHCDA has also assured that the government is working hard to build a better primary healthcare system.

The Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr. Faisal Shuaib gave the assurance on Monday when he led a team of the agency on a working visit to the WHO office in Abuja.

According to a tweet by the NPHCDA, Dr. Shuaib while speaking during the visit reiterated government’s plan to improve primary healthcare in Nigeria, noting that it was crucial to achieving universal health coverage.

He said, “Nigeria is poised to build a strong PHC that can respond effectively to health emergencies”.



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