Chaos In Enugu Over Monkey Pox Palaver, Parents On Run
Alexandra Umeh, ENUGU, Nigeria. (GVE) – The rumour in the early hours of today that the Nigerian Army are forcefully injecting Monkey Pox Vaccines to school children in one of the Schools in Enugu, by helping the health workers, resulted to a state of turmoil as pupils deserted their schools while most parents rushed to school to withdraw their wards in fear of the disease.
Global Village Extra gathered that there was no such thing as Monkey pox Vaccines by the Nigerian Army, rather a misinformation owning to the recent incident that happened in the Anambra State, in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area. So to this, parents quickly made their ways to schools to take their wards home.
A parent from one of the government who spoke schools who spoke to our reporter also affirmed that parents were asked to disregard the rumour when they rushed to the school to pick their children, said she was not panicked as such thing can’t be happening .
In her words, “I left home earlier than usual to pick my children in hearing the news. In getting there, there were many parents at the entrance who also came to take their children home, but we were not given access to enter the school premises till the closing time.
“So we waited at the gate. Although I called my younger child’s teacher earlier before going and she said I should not mind the rumour that it was fake and that the children are okay in school.”
However, the Head Mistress of Women Technical College, WTC, independence Layout, Enugu, Mrs. Cordelia Ugwu, where the alleged immunization took place, denied it saying there was nothing like immunization in the School.
Mrs. Ugwuanyi stated that they became afraid when they sighted a young man wearing what looked like an Army Uniform at the school gate making calls and few minutes later, parents trooped into the school and requested for the release of their children saying that immunization was not by force.
Also reacting to the incidence, the principal of Urban Girls Secondary school, Princess Okonkwo G.U, said that she could not stop the students from running off from school once the rumor got to them from a nearby primary school.
Mrs. Okonkwo who said parents of the students crowded her school gate threatening to pull down the gate if their wards were not released to them, added that it was impossible to withhold the children once parents were almost violent and the students already agitated.
She revealed that parents who bombarded her phone line with calls told her their actions was in reaction to the medical outreach carried out by the Nigerian Army in Anambra State.
In reaction, the Nigeria Army spokesman, Col, Musa, Sagir when contacted, condemned the rumour, saying that there was no time Nigeria Army was involved in any immunization in Enugu State.