Free Medical Outreach Free Of Monkey Pox Vaccine, Says Nigeria Army
By Alexandra Umeh, ENUGU, Nigeria (GVE) – Going by the acclaimed rumour that the Nigerian Army free medication outreach on the Operation Egwu Eke ll is an indirect means to inject monkey pox vaccination, the attention of the 82 Division Nigerian Army (NA), was drawn, saying that there is no such thing.
According to the Deputy Director Public Relations 82 Division, Colonel Sagir Musa who described the rumor as silly and mischievous, said that the Division wishes to make it clear that the free medical outreach is not a vaccine intended to infect monkey pox or any major contemporary or emerging diseases in Nigeria to the people of South East or any part of the country.
He said, “The attention of the 82 Division Nigeria Army (NA), has been drawn to a silly and mischievous publication now trending on the social media alleging that the ongoing free medical services giving to some communities in the South Eastern Region of Nigeria is with a sinister motive of depopulating the region through the so called “monkey pox vaccination” purportedly being conducted by the NA in the region.
“The exercise is part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives imbued in to the overall Exercise EGWU EKE 11 package, to the people of the South Eastern Region which is the Area of Responsibility of the 82 Division NA and is also the theatre of the Exercise.”
He recalled that the free medical services in the eastern region started on the 18th of September 2017 in Nkwaagu community of Abakaliki Local Government Area (LGA) of Ebonyi State where the Deputy Governor of Ebonyi State, the Chairman of the LGA and some traditional rulers of the benefiting community were there at the flag off of the exercise by the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General TY Buratai.
Other areas where the programme was conducted were Ovim in Isoukwato LGA of Abia State, Mbaise in Imo State, ORJI River in Enugu and now Ozubulo in Anambra State.
Col. Sagir stated that “in all the mentioned areas, there has not been any recorded incident or complain of any kind arising from the noble humanitarian gesture of the NA.
However, he claimed that the rumor must have been the work of some disloyal individuals, saying that their plans will not work.
“Hence, the wicked, ill motivated rumour/ lies is the handiwork of unpatriotic elements who can go to any length to discredit the noble services of the NA in the region, which at the moment they will not succeed”, he said.
He therefore urged the general public to disregard the “wicked” rumour for the good of the people.