Nigeria has started a big vaccination campaign to fight cervical cancer.
They want to reduce the number of women who get cervical cancer.
Cervical cancer can happen in some cases when people get the human papillomavirus (HPV) through sexual contact.
A study in 2021 found that the HPV vaccine was lowering cervical cancer cases by almost 90%.
This means the vaccine is very good at preventing cervical cancer.
Nigeria’s Health Minister, Muhammad Pate, told the BBC that this program is very important.
He said that in Nigeria, at least 12,000 women get advanced cervical cancer every year.
Unfortunately, about 90% of them die because of it.
The vaccination campaign began all over the country on Tuesday.
The Health Ministry wants to give the vaccine to 16.6 million girls between nine and 14 years old by the end of 2025.
They have made a plan to do this.
They have also included the vaccine in Nigeria’s national immunization schedule.
This means that it’s a regular part of the vaccines that children get.
They are also working with schools, religious leaders, and people from civil society to make sure as many girls as possible get the vaccine.