Minister of Health and Social Welfare Reiterates Safety of HPV Vaccine

Dr. Tunji Alausa, the Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, has reiterated the safety of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, which was officially launched by Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the wife of the President, on Tuesday.

During a press briefing following his courtesy visit to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Lagos House, Marina, Dr. Alausa emphasized that the HPV vaccine is entirely safe.

He stated, “This vaccine has been in use for approximately 18 years, and Nigeria’s adoption of this vaccine is long overdue.”

Dr. Alausa underscored the urgency of the vaccine’s implementation, considering that Nigeria currently witnesses around 8,000 women succumbing to cervical cancer. He pointed out that the vaccine is effective in preventing cervical cancer by up to 95 percent.

The minister urged the promotion of the vaccine among girls aged nine to 15, while also highlighting that some countries are administering the vaccine to women as old as 45 years. He stated, “It is a safe vaccine. We should encourage all our young girls between the ages of nine and 15 to receive this vaccine.

In fact, in other parts of the world, the HPV vaccine has been extended to women up to 45 years.”

Dr. Alausa further emphasized, “It saves lives, it prevents cancer. This is one of the proactive measures we can take to support our healthcare system.”

He concluded, “Let me emphatically reiterate once more: the HPV vaccine, the human papillomavirus vaccine, is completely safe.

I am a physician, a father, and my daughter received the vaccine when she was 13 years old, about 13 years ago. So, I confidently vouch for the safety of the HPV vaccine.

Please disregard any unfounded information on social media. The HPV vaccine is safe.”

news source: punch news

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