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WHO, Yobe to vaccinate 350,000 girls against cervical cancer

The World Health Organization (WHO), with funding from Canada’s Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity (CANGive), has partnered with the Yobe State Government to vaccinate 350,000…

The World Health Organization (WHO), with funding from Canada’s Global Initiative for Vaccine Equity (CANGive), has partnered with the Yobe State Government to vaccinate 350,000 girls aged 9-14 against cervical cancer across the state’s 17 local government areas.

The HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccination campaign was launched at the Government Girls College in Damaturu. HPV is identified as a high-risk factor in 95% of cervical cancer cases.

Dr Alhassan Hamisu Dama, the State Coordinator for WHO’s Yobe Field Office, said the organization will spend over $50,000 to support Yobe State in successfully conducting the campaign.

He explained that 365 school and community teams will vaccinate girls both in schools and out-of-school camps over the next five days.

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Dr Dama said cervical cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among young women aged 15-19 in Nigeria, contributing to an estimated 12,075 new cases globally each year.

Dr Babagana Kundi Machina, the Executive Secretary of the Yobe State Primary Health Care Board, stated that the state will utilize 565 teams stationed at health facilities, schools, and communities.

Niger gov commissions 200 CNG buses, as Kwara rolls out installation centre

From Abubakar Akote (Minna), Mumini Abdulkareem (Ilorin)

Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, has commissioned 200 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses and 50 operational vehicles for the state’s security agencies as part of ongoing efforts to combat insecurity.

Also, the governor commissioned 50 refuse disposal trucks and 50 transformers, aimed at boosting electricity supply across the state.

Speaking at the commissioning event held at the Minna Trade Fair Complex, which marked his first anniversary in office, Governor Bago also announced the approval of N25 billion for the payment of pensions and gratuities to retired civil servants.

He further approved the immediate promotion of all eligible civil servants.

In a bid to alleviate transportation costs, the governor declared free transportation for students, medical workers, and security agents in the state.

Governor Bago also disclosed plans to procure additional 800 CNG buses within the next six months and 1,000 electric vehicles before December to empower youths and women in inter-state and intra-state transport.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State Government on Wednesday launched the conversion and installation of CNG vehicles in Ilorin.

Speaking at the official launching of the Rolling Energy station, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said the state government has converted 20 of its petrol-engine vehicles to natural gas vehicles, adding that more would soon be added to the number.

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