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Bauchi to vaccinate between 9-14 years against Papilloma Virus



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From Ahmad SAKA, Bauchi

The Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA) has explainef that ladies between the age of 9-14 would be vaccinated against the Papilloma virus across the state.

Human Papilloma Virus is an infection that causes warts in various parts of the body, depending on the strain. It is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI), and a common virus that can cause cervical cancers later in life, but children can be protected from it through vaccination.

The Executive Chairman, Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BSPHCDA), Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed stated this today when he welcomed media practitioners at an orientation meeting organized by the State Technical Working group for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine introduction in Bauchi

Dr. Rilwanu said, Bauchi state has since commenced preparation for the HPV vaccination with a view prevention the virus from affecting the ladies.

The Chairman said that the vaccination exercise is targeted at girls from 9-14 years old, said once the vaccine is ready, the exercise will commence across the state.

“We want you to inform the public about the intended vaccination, we have had a meeting with religious leaders and some traditional leaders on why we want to administer Human Papilloma vaccine which is coming up in September “, he said.

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Dr. Rilwanu said that the aim of holding the meeting was to enable journalists ask all the necessary question on why government intends to carry out the vaccination exercise with a view to informing and educating members of the public about its importance.

“If the vaccine is available, we are going to administer it to ladies from 9-14 years, if it is not available, we will target 9 years old ladies only in order to give them the prevention”, he said.

The Chairman said that a technical working group have set up under his Chairmanship, said they have discussed with officials of World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other partners on how to carry out the HPV vaccine.

“We hope that when we start the vaccination, we are not going to have much problem because information has already reached members of the public”, he further explained.

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Dr. Rilwanu said that the agency is going to use all forms of languages that people can understand to create awareness and pass information about the vaccine so that parents will allow their children to get vaccinated.

He said it has been identified that early marriage also contribute to the problem of Papilloma virus, as such, ladies from 9-14 years old are targeted for the vaccine to protect them in case they are married off early.

Presenting a paper with the title; ‘Role of Media Practitioners in the roll-out of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine Campaign’, State Technical Officer HPV Introduction, World Health Organization (WHO) in Bauchi, Mustapha Mai-Iyali Umar urged journalists to actively involved in ensuring that the vaccination exercise succeeds.

Mai-Iyali called on the media to actively support the state technical working group by reporting its activities while working in synergy to develop, adapt and translate inter-education and communication (IEC) for the HPV vaccine.

He appealed to the media to support the effort through Information dissemination using various outlets and platforms, among others.

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