Army dismisses ‘monkey pox’ vaccination rumor in Rivers… School owners shut schools …Parents rush to pick up children
By David Jimoh Amusa Tijani, Port Harcourt
The Nigerian Army has dismissed the rumour making the rounds that soldiers were going about forcefully injecting school children with monkey pox virus in Rivers state.
The spokesman of 6 Division, Nigerian Army, Col. Aminu Illiyasu, described the rumour as mischievous saying there was nothing like that.
He said the Army was not carrying out any immunization exercise at present and appealed to the public not to panic.
Said he: this information is coming from your own villages. Of course, we are going to do medical outreach but we have not even started yet and before we start we are going to send a press release out and it is not going to be schools. In fact, on the contrary, what we are going to do in schools is to donate educational materials, exercise books, writing materials. We are not going to inject or inoculate any child.”
Our Correspondent reports that academic activities were grounded in many schools in Port Harcourt Tuesday following rumours that soldiers were going around schools to inject children with monkey pox virus in the name of vaccination.
This made the authorities of some schools to send their pupils and students home while parents hurriedly rushed to schools to pick their children as early as 9am in the morning.
At some private schools in Eliowhani, Eliozu, Rumuokoro and Rumudara towns in Port Harcourt,visited by Global Patriot Newspapers, the parents interviewed said they had heard that their children would be immunized without their consent hence they decided to come and pick them.