The Executive Director, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, NPHCDA Faisal Shuaib, says the agency is set to start immunisation against Human Papilloma Virus, HPV for cervical cancer in 2021.
He made this known at a Virtual National Stakeholders’ Forum on the Elimination of Cervical Cancer, organised by the National Cancer Control Programme, NCCP of the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health International Vaccine Access Centre and Direct Consulting and Logistics.
The Executive Director added that the immunisation would be on a national scale by first quarter of 2021 to eliminate cervical cancer. According to him, what should concern stakeholders is how to eliminate barriers to availability of Human Papilloma Virus vaccine that has been around for over 10 years.
The founder of Medicaid Cancer Foundation and Kebbi state First Lady, Zainab Bagudu, in her remarks said the world was moving towards elimination of cancer and that Nigeria should not be left behind.