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Anambra State Govt. Release Press Statement On Army Men Allegedly Injecting Pupils With Monkey Pox Disease

Following the tension raised a few hours ago in Anambra State concerning injecting pupils with the Monkey Pox disease; the state has made a press release, giving an explanation on the actual scenario.

The press release came almost simultaneously after viral reports that the Nigerian Army was injecting Monkey Pox into students which prompted the school management to shut down schools while the student all hurriedly left for their homes.

It was even alleged that those who refused to be injected were shot by the Army but this press release says otherwise.

According to the statement:

“PRESS STATEMENT: ARMY MEDICAL OUTREACH

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.

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 the 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 Authorities 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 the 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!

Thank you!

Prof Solo Chukwulobelu

Secretary to the State Government".

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