The Lagos State government has postponed the introduction of Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPVV) campaign earlier scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25, for logistics reasons as informed by the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH).
A new date for the introduction of the HPVV campaign would be announced later.
This was announced by the commissioner for health in Lagos, Akin Abayomi, a statement by Filade Olumide, deputy director, public affairs, LSPHCB, said on Friday.
“The State Government regrets any inconveniences that may occur as a result of the postponement. As soon as a new date is communicated to Lagos, members of the public will be informed accordingly,” the statement quoted Abayomi.
The Human Papillomavirus is a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer and other HPV-related diseases such as skin and vaginal warts.
About 19 per cent of women initiate sexual intercourse by age 15 thereby increasing the risk of HPV infection, the NDHS report 2018 says.
“Nigeria’s HPV vaccine introduction for girls of the targeted age nine to 14 years will potentially prevent 71,000 deaths annually.
“HPV vaccination at an early age is highly important as it provides the best protection. The objective of the HPV vaccination is to give all eligible girls injectable HPV vaccine into the arm, for protection against cervical cancer.
“Schools, churches, mosques, primary health centres, hospitals, outreach posts, markets, gated estates and other designated posts within the community have been earmarked as vaccination centres.
“In view of this, we solicit with all parents, guardians’ community leaders, pastors, and imams to ensure that all eligible girls are vaccinated during the campaign.
“Please note that routine immunisation services will also be available at the Primary Healthcare Centres all over the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in the State during the HPV vaccination campaign.
“The HPV vaccine is free, safe, highly effective and a lifesaver,” the statement said.
For enquiries, residents of Lagos state are to contact the Primary Health Care Department of their local government/local council development area or any primary health centre close to one.
“Please avail yourself of this information and share it with others,” the statement said.
Two Arrested For Stealing Bitter Kola, Others In Anambra
Two suspected armed robbers have been arrested in Amichi community in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State, for allegedly stealing bags of bitter kola.
The suspects, identified as Onyenachiya and Chigbo were also said to have stolen telephone handsets, ATM cards, and money belonging to a yet-to-be-identified lady, who owned the bags of bitter kola.
It was also alleged that suspects raped their victim in turns.
This was corroborated in a video currently trending on social media showing how the suspects were being interrogated by some people, while their pump action gun and the stolen bags of bitter kola were displayed.
The suspects allegedly confessed to the crime; while blaming their actions on the devil.
When contacted on the development on Thursday, the state Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, said the command was aware of the video.
Ikenga said, “The command is aware of the video of two persons allegedly confessing to be criminals.
“I will reach out to the community people in the area to ascertain what happened. I have also escalated the information to the DPO in the area for necessary action.”
Benin Republic Not Contesting Tongeji Island With Nigeria- Gov. Abiodun
•Says administration working to make Ogun oil-producing state
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said Tongeji Island belongs to Nigeria and that the Republic of Benin is not contesting the ownership of the oil-rich enclave.
Abiodun made the clarification when he received the Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command of the Nigerian Navy, Rear Admiral Mustapha Bala Hassan, who paid him a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
According to the governor, the island and its people have been part and parcel of Ogun State and have no connection with any other country.
“Tongeji Island is an area that has been under our radar. Sadly, I have not been able to visit there. I have planned to visit several times. The former Chief of Naval Staff at a point in time wanted us to go with the former Flag Officer Commanding, but something happened that day, and we could not go,” he said.
Abiodun said he had raised the matter with the President of Benin Republic on two occasions that Tongeji Island belonged to Nigeria and he never disputed, contrary to speculations around.
“I agree that we mark that area with our presence by providing services for the people. The jetty that you mentioned, I will tell our Ministry of Works to go there and take a look so we can put a cost implication to that. You mentioned the issues of power, water supply, and Primary Healthcare Centre. Those ones, we can immediately swing into action when we go there”.
“If we are claiming that it is our territory, they must see us providing some services for our people and this has been brought to the fore a few times that our people there are complaining that we are not looking after them. We will immediately begin to provide them with those services,” the governor assured.
Abiodun pointed out that Ogun Waterside, due to its proximity to Delta, had security issues in the past when people from the Niger Delta made incursions into the area and carried out criminal activities, noting that it was imperative to have naval presence in the area.
He said his administration’s efforts at providing security to the people living in the area led to the procurement of gun boats for the police, maintaining that the presence of men of the Nigeria Navy would be highly welcome as towns in the area could only be accessible by water.
Speaking earlier, Rear Admiral Mustapha Hassan, who is the 44th Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, lauded the State for its conducive business environment, which has made it the industrial hub of the nation and emphasised the need for the state to work towards becoming an oil producing State through the Tongeji Island.
He said the force had spread its operations to Tongeji to safeguard not only the lives of Nigerians living on the Island, but to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and all its assets, appealing to the governor to provide jetties for seamless operations there.
Hassan also pleaded with the state government to provide the inhabitants of the Island with a health facility, water supply and electricity to make them have a sense of belonging, suggesting also that the government could turn the Island to a tourism centre because of its potential.
Katsina Police Rescue 40-Year-Old Kidnap Victim
Operatives of the Katsina State Police Command on Saturday afternoon rescued a 40-year-old kidnap victim, Tukur Adamu, in Kankara Local Government Area of the state.
According to the police, the man was shot and wounded in his left thigh by his captors before being abandoned on the outskirts of the Masaku village in the council.
A police team on a routine patrol discovered the man, rescued him and took him to a hospital where he is currently receiving treatment.
The victim is said to hail from the Masaku village of the Kankara LGA.
The spokesman for the command, ASP Abubakar Aliyu, confirmed the development to PUNCH Metro on Sunday.
He added that the state Commissioner of Police, Adamu Aliyu, commended the command’s operatives for their efforts.
The spokesman said,” On November 4, 2023, at about 1.00 p.m during a routine patrol, the command succeeded in thwarting a kidnapping attempt and rescuing one Tukur Adamu, age 40, of Masaku village, Kankara Local Government Area.
“On reaching Masaku village’s outskirts, the command’s operatives encountered a distressing kidnapping situation with the victim in a perilous situation. Without hesitation, the officers responded promptly and decisively to the situation, effectively neutralising the threat and rescuing the victim.
“The victim, who sustained a gunshot injury to his left thigh, was rushed to the hospital for immediate medical attention and is currently responding well to treatment.
“The Commissioner of Police, Katsina State Command, CP Aliyu Abubakar Musa, while commending the officers for an exceptional display of gallantry, reemphasised the command’s commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the people of Katsina and will continue to work diligently to ensure crime has been brought to the barest minimum in the state. He further urges anyone with useful information related to this incident or any other criminal activity to come forward and assist in the ongoing efforts to maintain law and order in the state. Investigation is ongoing.”