In the aftermath of the reports that 13 people died of a ‘strange’ illness linked to Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Idi-Araba, the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Chris Bode, has debunked the claims.
Prof. Bode in a statement said no doctor made such a claim from this institution and nobody died of any “strange disease” in LUTH.
“HPV does not cause sudden mass deaths in humans,” he said.
He continued that “medical literature informs us that the human papillomavirus causes a number of diseases in man, and the ordinary wart is the commonest of these.
“The virus is also known to cause cancer of the cervix in females, genital cancer and cancer of the throat. Occasionally, it can prevent pregnancy. The virus is found only in humans and it can be transmitted through sexual contact and infects the anus and genitals.
“HPV vaccines can prevent the most common types of infection and it is now recommended to be given to young girls between the ages of 9 and 13 to prevent cervical cancer.”
The chief medical director said that though, warts have been documented since the time of ancient Greece, its viral nature was described over a hundred years ago.
“It is, therefore, absurd to attribute the discovery of this old disease to any LUTH doctor.
“It damages the ethical standards of the Nigerian Medical community when such reckless claims are made,” Prof. Bode said.