- The national coordinator of NCD, Chikwe Ihekwazu, says monkeypox has no vaccine
- Residents in the southeast accuse the federal government of using a medical outreach being conducted by soldiers to infect people in the zone with monkeypox
- The military describes the allegation as mere propaganda aimed at tarnishing the army’s image
The federal government has denied embarking on vaccination against monkeypox in the southeast or any part of Nigeria.
The government made this known through the coordinator of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekwazu, on Thursday, October 12, in Abuja.
Ihekwazu told the Senate committee on primary health and communicable diseases that monkeypox had no vaccine and the government was not conducting any immunisation on it, neither through civilian or military organisation.
The statement form the NCDC coordinator comes on the heels of allegations from residents in the southeast that the federal government was using a medical outreach being conducted by soldiers to infect people in the southeast zone with monkeypox.
Punch reported on Wednesday, October 11 that numerous schools in the southeast were deserted following unverified reports that soldiers were injecting students to death with the monkeypox virus.
NAIJ.com gathered that in Asaba, Delta state, students abandoned their classrooms, and numerous parents rushed to various schools to retrieve their children.
As the rumour also spread in Anambra state, Governor Willie Obiano urged the army to stop the outreach, even though the governor stated that the army had good intentions.
In Imo state, chaos was also recorded as parents and guardians stormed various schools to retrieve their children and wards.
However, Major Oyegoke Gbadamosi, assistant director, army public relations, 14 Brigade, Ohafia, stated that the information was mere propaganda aimed at tarnishing the army’s image.
Col. Sagir Musa, deputy director, public relations, 82 Division, Enugu, also weighed in on the matter and attempted to allay the fears of the public. He insisted that the free medical outreach being conducted by the army as part of Operation Python Dance 11, “was not harmful to anyone”.
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