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Some Nigeria Health workers don't know what HPV vaccines are

Some healthcare providers in Lagos' primary healthcare centers claim to be unaware of the Human Papilloma Virus vaccine.

Healthcare staff — mostly nurses — offered contradictory advice on the prescribed vaccine dose in other facilities visited by our reporter, and one worker at one of the public hospitals demanded a bribe before she would administer the vaccine.

While one of the workers at one of the public hospitals we visited demanded a bribe before giving our correspondent the vaccine.

The nurse explained that the vaccine is for underage girls and females who have not yet been sexually active, so she demanded a bribe. According to experts' recommendations on the HPV vaccine and who can get it, her explanation is founded on

HPV vaccination is recommended for all preteens (boys and girls) between the ages of 11 and

HPV vaccination is aimed at young females between the ages of nine and thirteen, according to the National Cancer Control Plan, while the WHO suggests that girls aged 15 and under get the vaccine before becoming sexually active.



According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all preteens should be vaccinated against HPV infections, which can lead to cancer later in life.

Our correspondent visited a number of public and private hospitals in Lagos, according to her article. Ilupeju Primary Healthcare Centre, Randle General Hospital, Gbaja, and four others are among them.

A female nurse who attended to our correspondent at the Ilupeju Primary Healthcare Centre, which is temporarily located at Odi-Olowo headquarters, said she had no idea what the reporter meant by HPV vaccine.

The nurse inquired about the correspondent's interest in the Hepatitis B

When asked why some health workers appear to be unaware of the HPV vaccine, Dr. Confidence Offor, an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital in Nnewi, said it was likely due to the vaccine not receiving adequate media coverage.


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