The Edo State Primary Health Care Development Agency has revealed that Malaria and Human Papilloma Virus vaccines will be introduced into routine immunisations for children in the year 2024.
This was made known by the State Immunisation Officer, EDSPHCDA, Mrs. Elfrida Omogun, , during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin, E on Tuesday, shortly after the agency’s PHCs Social Mobilisation Committee/ Quarterly Stakeholders’ meeting.
She said that Edo was in the second phase of the implementation of the HPV vaccination in the country.
“Edo will benefit from the second phase of the HPV vaccine that will be given to children between the ages of nine years to 15.
“The HPV vaccine is to prevent our children from coming down with cervical cancer which is now rampant in society,” he said.
She sought stakeholders’ collaboration in the implementation of the different agencies’ health interventions for better outcomes.
‘We are sensitising our stakeholders so that they can inform the public about our health programmes,” she added.
Omogun noted that measles revaccination is currently ongoing in some wards within eight local government councils in the state, so as to meet up with the expected target.
On her part, the Health Education Officer, EDSPHCDA, Mrs. Irene Uabor, urged residents to utilise the Primary Healthcare Centres nearest to them for their basic healthcare needs.
She said, ‘We want Edo residents to utilise our PHCs effectively. Our PHCs services are numerous. We do immunisation, nutrition, family planning and general family health.
“We want our stakeholders to be abreast with PHC activities and communicate the same to their different communities and associations.”
Uabor said plans were ongoing to implement the Community Health Influencers Promoters and Services Programme in the state.