The Isi-Uzo Local Government Council in Enugu State has unequivocally pledged its commitment to Governor Peter Mbah’s campaign against Human Papillomavirus (HPV) to safeguard the well-being of the girl child. In an expression of gratitude, the Council commended Governor Mbah for designating Isi-Uzo as one of the pilot Local Government Areas in the state for this crucial initiative.
In light of this, parents are strongly encouraged to ensure that their daughters, aged between nine and 14 years, take advantage of the vaccination program to fortify themselves against cervical cancer.
The formal launch of this vaccination drive took place in Ikem, with Mrs. Onyinye Obeagu, the wife of the Council Chairman, presiding over the event. She emphasized that the HPV vaccine is not only readily available but also safe and highly effective. Mrs. Obeagu, on behalf of the Council Chairman, extended generous contributions to the girls, parents, and the healthcare team in attendance, providing personal hygiene items, sanitary pads, buckets, and umbrellas.
Mr. Odo Christian, the Head of the Department of Health Services in Isi-Uzo LGA, took a moment to express gratitude to Council Chairman Barr. Obiora Obeagu for his unwavering support of the mass vaccination initiative. He elucidated the substantial risks associated with failing to participate in the vaccination campaign.
Christian highlighted the significance of today’s girls, who will grow into tomorrow’s women, and underscored that we have the power to protect our young girls and their families from potential challenges posed by cervical cancer. The vaccination of every girl within the age range of nine to 14 years stands as a paramount objective.
Furthermore, Mr. Christian expressed profound appreciation for the support extended by the administration of Governor Peter Mbah and the Council. He stressed that the responsibility to seize this opportunity now rests with the community, reiterating the collective importance of the vaccination campaign.
Mrs. Maureen Nwankwo, the State Immunisation Supervisor, offered insights into the specific age bracket chosen for vaccination, which spans from nine to 14 years. This selection is a result of the limited number of vaccines available. Mrs. Nwankwo strongly encouraged those eligible for the vaccine to seize the opportunity. She emphasized the critical importance of not missing this chance to protect their health and future well-being.