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FG to Introduce Anti-cancer Vaccine

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The Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Faisal Shuaib, has disclosed that the Federal Government will be introducing a new anti-cancer vaccine called the Human PapillomaVirus vaccine into the national immunisation schedule in 2023 and 2024 to tackle the increasing rate of cervical, anal and oropharyngeal cancers.

Shuaib disclosed these in Awka, on Wednesday, during the quarterly review meeting of the South-East Traditional Rulers Committee on primary healthcare delivery.

He said HPV is a commonly transmitted infection that can lead to various health issues, including cervical, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers, noting that the impact of HPV-related diseases is not only physical but also emotional, affecting individuals and families.

He went further to say that, traditional rulers were critical parts of primary healthcare engagements and urged them to continue to champion the cause of primary healthcare delivery in their respective communities.

 

Written by: Helen Obih

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