HPV: Ekiti  Records 91 Percent Success ,Vaccinates 210,926 


The  Ekiti State Technical Officer of the World Health Organizations (WHO) Dr Bamidele Olayinka has disclosed  that 91 percent of the girlchilds between the age of 9-14 was covered during the just concluded HPV exercise in Ekiti State.

He commended the health workers in the State over the success of the exercise, noted that the success of the exercise was made possible through the efforts of the committed members of the health workers in the state.

The highpoint of the meeting was the review of the exercise and feedback from the members of the communities and other relevant stakeholders in the state.

Earlier ,the State Immunisation Officer, Ekiti State Mrs Omolabake Ogundola, hinted that a total numbers of two hundred and ten thousand, nine hundred and twenty six girlchilds between the age limit of 9-14 across the sixteen local government areas have been vaccinated against Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) during the just concluded vaccination exercise held in the State.

She spoke during a meeting organised by the Ekiti State Primary Healthcare Development Agency with stakeholders in the State on the report of the just concluded HPV vaccination exercise.Describing the programme as a successful one, the Ekiti State Immunisation Officer explained that the exercise was made possible in the State through what she called committed efforts of members and staff of health workers and the stakeholders in the State.

She particular commended members of the political class, community leaders members of the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) market women as well as Muslims and Christians communities in the State over what she called logistics and manpower supports provided for the health workers during the conduct of the exercise.

The Immunisation Officer used the ocassion to lamented on what she called rejections of the health officials by the Catholic Institutions in the State, during the conduct of the exercise, urged members of the Christian communities to always assist the health workers in the nearest future as the exercise is a contineous one.

Other challenges mentioned by the health her is the inability of the health officials to access areas such as Ilemeje, Oye and Ikole-Ekiti where communal clashes and kidnapping are much rampant.

On how to improve on the success of the exercise in the nearest future, the Ekiti State Immunisation Officer suggested for the needs for more robust and improve plan towards the success of the HPV and other reutine immunisation exercise in the State.

Other suggestions mentioned by her is the social behavioral change, community activities should also be initiated in all the communities in the State with central focus on communities with low population and in remote areas.

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