The Osun State Government has reassured the public regarding their concerns about the upcoming mass cervical vaccination campaign. The government has emphasized that the vaccine is intended to mitigate the impact and spread of cervical cancer in the state. This assurance was conveyed by Dr. Akindele Adekunle, the Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Public Health, during a sensitization program held in Osogbo on Wednesday.
The event aimed to inform key stakeholders in society about the impending vaccination campaign, which is scheduled to commence on October 24, 2023. Dr. Adekunle emphasized the importance of addressing the challenge of cervical cancer and stated that the state government places the well-being of its citizens at the forefront of the Ademola Adeleke administration’s priorities.
He further explained that this is why the administration has called upon all essential stakeholders to raise awareness, educate, inform, and enlighten the public about the dangers of this disease and the government’s efforts to combat it.
Dr. Akindele stressed the collaborative nature of this endeavour, acknowledging the critical role of the community and its support. He emphasized the significance of the HPV vaccine in protecting against cervical cancer.
Dr. Isiaka Ayodeji, the Southwest Regional Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO), highlighted that Osun State is one of only 16 states in the country commencing the mass vaccination campaign against cervical cancer on October 24. He commended Governor Ademola Adeleke’s commitment to enhancing the healthcare system in the state.
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