As part of her events to mark the 2020 edition of the annual World Cancer Day, Lighthouse Global Health Initiative alongside the Osun Health Insurance Scheme and the Christian Initiative Building Nation hosted a strategic meeting with relevant stakeholders in the state of Osun to deliberate on possible approaches to explore in improving Human Papillomavirus Vaccination for women and girls. The campaign, tagged #SaveTheCervix, was birthed with the intention with the ultimate aim of reducing the incidence of cervical cancer in the state.
The specific objectives of the meeting were to involve political leaders, policymakers and other relevant stakeholders in the state of Osun in the process to reduce the scourge of HPV in women and children in the future. This was to be achieved through the development and adoption of workable models which were tagged “ Osun State Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Sustainable Funding Mechanisms”.
The event which held on Tuesday, 4th February 2020 hosted some of the bigwigs in the Osun state health sector including Dr. Niyi Oginni, the Executive Secretary of the Osun Health Insurance Scheme; Hon. Bamidele Salam who was represented by Mr. Akintayo Jimoh; Honorable Taiwo Oluga represented by Mr. Olusola Ajala; Dr. Fajobi Olusola, a senior resident at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital; Honorable Adenike E. Abioye (House of Assembly/Chairman Committee on Health); Honorable M.S. Igbaroola represented by Mr. Kehinde Ayeni (Office of the Accountant General/Deputy Accountant General); Mr. Rotimi W. Adesina (Ministry of Health/HMB), Honorable Dr. Isamotu Rafiu Olasunkanmi rep by Dr. O.F. Dauda (Commissioner for Health/Ministry of Health).
A short presentation was made by Dr. Fajobi Olusola, senior resident Doctor at Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital representing Lighthouse Global Health Initiative on “Importance of Vaccine and the need for Sustainable Funding Model”. All participants were involved in the discussion which was primarily centered on making HPV vaccination more readily available as an approach to reducing cervical and a number of other types of cancer.
After the deliberations, stakeholders in the meeting resolved to take the resolutions of the meeting back to their various institutions for action. Some other stakeholders in attendance included Mrs. Akindele Oluwabunmi who represented Honorable Lawal Azeez Olayemi, Commissioner for Youth, Sports and special needs; Honorable Olaboopo Olubukola Rihanat, Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs; Honorable Olasiji Olamiju, Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health/Ministry of Health; Mr. Bukola Idowu, Executive Director, Kimpact Development Initiative; Miss Amoo Oluwadamilola, Value Female Network; Mr. Abdulazeez Ismail A., National Youth Council of Nigeria, Osun State Chapter.