Awka – Information went viral on Wednesday over a certain medical mission embarked upon by the Nigerian Army in Anambra State. The said medical mission was an inoculation exercise for school children in the state.
Sources from the grapevine has it that the purported medical outreach by the soldiers which was supposed to be a social work, ended up becoming inimical and detrimental to the health of the pupils such that some of them allegedly lost consciousness due to the severity of the vaccine injected into the children; as a result there was panic everywhere and the children fled for fear of being inoculated with the deadly vaccine.
Amidst the frenzied atmosphere, no one could ascertain the purpose of the medical outreach, though there were insinuations that the exercise was not unconnected with the injection of monkeypox into school children.
Meanwhile, in a press statement signed by the secretary to the Anambra State government Prof. Solo Chukwulobe, said that the attention of the State Government has been drawn to an ongoing medical outreach being undertaken by the Army in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.
It said that the state has been made to understand that the exercise is part of Army social responsibility to members of the public.
However, strong apprehension among the populace has followed the exercise leading to withdrawal of students from schools by parents, misconception of the actual motive behind the exercise by stakeholders, community leaders and a general reservation by the public for whom the outreach is intended.
To this end and to ensure no further escalation of the situation the governor, Chief Willie Obiano has contacted the Army authorities and advised for immediate stoppage of the medical outreach until wide sensitisation is conducted to reassure people of its intentions and benefits.
The statement maintained that the exercise has therefore been put on hold and parents and guardians are strongly advised to stop withdrawing their wards from schools as the situation has been handled.
It stated that all schools within the state will remain open as there is no cause for alarm.
The State Government also blamed the social media for misrepresenting the situation with insinuations of spread of diseases and death of students in schools arising from the exercise.