The monkeypox crisis in the country has taken a new dimension. Schools in Enugu have reportedly been closed following rumours that the virus is being injected in school children in the name of vaccination.
Nigerian soldiers are carrying out free medical outreach in schools but reports have it that parents raced to schools to pick their wards up as the rumours spread.
Meanwhile, the Anambra State government has asked the army to suspend the medical programme owing to the apprehension in the communities.
Below is a press statement issued by the state government:
PRESS STATEMENT: ARMY MEDICAL OUTREACH
The attention of the State Government has been drawn to an on going medical outreach being undertaken by the Army in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area.
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, His Excellency the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano has contacted the Army Authories and advised for immediate stoppage of the medical outreach until wide sensitization is conducted to reassure people of its intentions and benefits.
The exercise has therefore been put on hold.
Parents and guardians are strongly advised to stop withdrawing their wards from schools as the situation has been handled.
All schools within the State will remain open as there is no cause for alarm!
Community leaders, Presidents General and all Stakeholders are hereby reassured of the commitment of the Governor and the State Government to the wellbeing of Ndi Anambra.
The State Government also strongly condemns observed rhetorics on social media completely misrepresenting the situation with insinuations of spread of diseases and death of students in schools arising from the exercise.
The State categorically refutes these rhetorics and confirms that there is no death of any student anywhere in the State.
Mischief makers are warned to desist from spreading falsehood. Anambra remains calm and peaceful!
Prof Solo Chukwulobelu Secretary to the State Government.