First lady Lordina Mahama has been interacting with Liberal democrat and government spokesperson in the House of Lords on International Development, Lindsay Patricia Northover on the protection of women and girls in their respective countries against cervical cancer.
First Lady, Lordina Mahama, was accompanied to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the House of Lords at London by the Minister of Health, Sherry Aryittey and Ghana’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Ambassador Victor Smith.
Liberal democrat and government spokesperson in the House of Lords on International Development, Lindsay Patricia Northover who received them stressed the importance of vaccinating young girls and women against the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) which causes cervical cancer.
Baroness Northover noted that women and girls are a priority to the United Kingdom hence the campaign to educate girls and women on the need for the HPV vaccine and asked if it was similar with Ghana.
First lady, Lordina Mahama, briefed her on the progress Ghana has made in the Northern and Central regions of Ghana by vaccinating girls between the ages of 10 and fourteen.
Through the Lordina Foundation, a lot of women have been screened and educated on cervical and breast cancer and HIV with emphasis on prevention of mother to child transmission.
Baroness Northover who was thrilled about the progress made in Ghana said the United Kingdom through DFID will continue to support Ghana in the areas of health and education.
First lady of Mozambique, Dr. Maria da Luz Dai Guebuza and her team later joined the meeting to talk about the progress made in their country.
The meeting precedes a GAVI Alliance HPV event to be held at the House of Lords on Wednesday June 4.