Parents and wards in Anambra state rushed to their kiddies’s schools to pick them after IPOB members claimed that some military officers have invaded school premises and are injecting students them with the new monkeypox virus.
New reports reaching us from St Michael’s Ugwuorie Ozubulu confirms that students are no longer going to school as parents rush to pick their wards. This all started with a rumour which claimed the Nigerian army based in Anambra state are deliberately injecting school children with the dreaded monkeypox virus.
The Nigerian army has now issued a statement urging the public to disregard the rumour of any killing related to Ozubulu and Soldiers. The statement also confirms that the free medical outreach is not designed to harm anyone and it is not compulsory.
Below is a press statement from the Nigerian Army over the Pandemonium in Anamba State:
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.