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Enugu Governor To Sanction People Discouraging Residents From Receiving HPV Vaccinations

The Enugu state government has stated that it will mete out strict action against individuals or groups found discouraging residents from accepting vaccinations. The Enugu state governor is speaking out against those who discourage people from vaccinations.

Governor Peter Mbah gave the warning on Tuesday while unveiling the introduction of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) Vaccination into the Routine Immunisation Schedule in Enugu.

Mr Mbah, represented by Deputy Governor Ifeanyi Ossai, said, “The state government will not fold its arms and watch those who are not medically inclined and knowledgeable on medical issues to rubbish its efforts through social media and other means.”

The unveiling was used to launch a free-of-charge week-long and statewide vaccination of the HPV vaccine (meant to prevent cervical cancer) for girls between the ages of nine and 14, which will run from Tuesday to Sunday.

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“We are monitoring individuals and groups who are in the habit of dissuading our residents from taking preventive healthcare vaccinations meant to better their present and future health. As a government, we will not allow those uninformed on health matters to rubbish our huge investment and commitment in the healthcare and well-being of our residents and people,” he explained.

Mr Mbah added, “We are going to take decisive legal steps on such individuals and groups henceforth. We are monitoring those sabotaging our efforts.”

The governor thanked all health development partners for supporting the government’s resolve to improve the health of Enugu residents, especially in preventive healthcare. He noted that the HPV vaccine and other vaccines administered in the state had been scientifically proven for many years to be safe, effective, and without side effects.

Ifeyinwa Ani-Osheku, the executive secretary of the Enugu State Primary Health Care Development Agency (EN-PHCDA), said the HPV vaccination was not just about vaccines and shots, adding that it would foster a culture of health and well-being in Enugu as well as educate young girls and their families about regular check-ups and screenings.