By Sunday Iduh
Benue State Governor, Rev. Fr. Hyacinth Alia has reiterated the commitment of his administration to ensuring access to quality health services for the people of the state.
Governor Alia stated this on Monday during the launch of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine introduction campaign for protection against cervical cancer and associated cancer at Government Girls College, Makurdi.
He said, “The health and well-being of our people have always been at the forefront of our governance, and we shall consistently strive to provide access to quality healthcare services for all our citizens.
“This is justified by the Benue State Government counterpart funds of Three Million, One Hundred naira released to support logistics for optimal implementation of this important campaign in Benue state.
“It is important to state here that, Benue State Government shall continue to give desired counterpart funds to all programmes that have positive impact not just to health sector but other sectors for overall development of the state”.
The governor, who was represented by his Deputy, Barrister Sam Ode, described the campaign as a milestone in his administration’s commitment to develop the healthcare delivery system aimed at protecting the health and future of young girls in the state.
He disclosed that, HPV is a common virus that can lead to various types of cancers, particularly cervical cancer which is a leading cause of death among women and assured parents and guardians that introduction of the vaccine was not only safe and effective but a proactive step towards preventing the devastating disease to ensure their daughters were protected from its potential harm.
Governor Alia directed Caretaker Chairmen of the 23 local government councils to launch the campaign in their respective local government areas and support the teams with logistics to ensure success.
HPV vaccine was administered to some selected girls during the official launch of the campaign which is spearheaded by the State Primary Health Care Board in collaboration with National Primary Health Care Development Agency and other partners.