Commotion In S/East, Asaba Schools Over ‘Killer’ Army Vaccine

Mother climbing over the fence of a school to collect her child

LAGOS OCTOBER 12TH (NEWSRANGERS)-There was commotion on Wednesday in schools in the South East and Asaba in Delta State over fear of monkey pox injection by state authorities.
Parents and guardians rushed to schools to pick their wards amidst rumours that a military mission was forcing pupils to accept inoculation that could kill them.
Reports were rife that some pupils who had been inoculated slumped and were rushed to medical facilities.
The medical mission was seen as an extension of ‘Operation Python Dance’ by some in the South East that was only just emerging from tension occasioned by military exercise in Abia.
The spectre of forced inoculation which went through the entire South East and some parts of the South South was preceded last week by speculations in the social media that the Federal Government was out on a diabolical mission to inject people in some parts of the country with monkey pox in the guise of vaccination.
Perturbed, Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, had issued a statement on Sunday debunking the rumour.
Regardless, the ripples of the rumour spread implacably on Wednesday in the heat of suspicions concerning the intention of the Federal Government towards people of the South East and South South.
The medical operations were held in suspicion over issues that agitated the mind of the public.
Some people who spoke to our correspondent wanted to know why the government was using the police and army rather than civilian medical personnel.
The recent military operations still fresh in their minds, they insisted that the mission was a continuation of ‘Operation Python Dance’.
Some people wondered how the vaccines came about and suddenly in such large quantities.
Others wanted to know why the medical mission was taken place only in the southern part of the country.
A source argued that if the mission was really very useful, the government would have begun the programme in Lagos and Abuja where the ‘powers-that-be’ reside.
Overwhelmed by the widespread rumour, the Nigerian army released a statement urging the public to disregard rumours that its ongoing free medical outreach, especially in the South-East, was aimed at de-populating the zone.
Col. Sagir Musa, Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, made the call in Enugu, on Wednesday.
Musa said the free medical outreach was not a vaccine intended to pass on monkey pox or any major contemporary or emerging diseases to the people of the zone or any part of the country.
He described as “silly and mischievous’ publications trending on the social media alleging that the ongoing free medical services given to some communities in the zone were with a sinister motive of depopulating the region through the so-called `monkey pox vaccination’.

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