Osun State Government has flagged-off Human Papillomavirus Vaccine(HPV), an immunisation vaccine to be taken by female children between the ages of nine and 14, as lasting solution to the deadly Cervical Cancer disease affecting female folk.
The State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke made this known at Ede High School, Ede, during the programme scheduled for the flag-off of the vaccine.
According to the Governor, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Prince Kola Adewusi, the Ademola-led government is always passionate about the well-being of all and sundry in the state and will continue to prioritize the health of the Osun people.
The State helmsman also used the medium to express gratitude to all supporting partners like WHO, UNICEF, CLINTON HEALTH ACCESS INITIATIVE(CHAI) and NIGERIA RED CROSS SOCIETY among others, for their commitment towards maintaining good health among human race
While underscoring the importance of the vaccine, the Governor said, “the introduction of the HPV vaccine into our routine immunization is not just a medical breakthrough, it is a beacon of hope for generations to come. By providing our young girls with this vaccine, we are not merely shielding them from a devastating disease, we are empowering them with the promise of a life unburdened by the fear of cervical cancer”.
The Governor however, urged all parents, caregivers and guardians to embrace the opportunity by ensuring that every eligible girl receives the HPV vaccine saying, the vaccine is safe and effective. He also called on the concerned bodies in the education sector to incorporate information about HPV vaccination into their curriculum with a view to fostering understanding and dispelling myths.
Also speaking at the event was the Commissioner for Health, Barr. Jola Akintola, who gave an account on the disease vulnerability tendency, admonishing that the most successful long-term intervention for lowering the risk of cervical cancer is adolescent vaccination before the onset of sexual activities.
In his own remarks, the Chairman, Osun State Primary Healthcare Board, Tajudeen Adisa, encouraged all Osun indigenes and others residing within the State to take their female children, especially those within the age bracket of nine and 14years, to the nearest facilities for the HPV vaccine uptake.