The Nigerian Federal Government has denied embarking on immunization exercise against the monkey-pox in the South East and South South part of the country.
The coordinator of the National center for disease control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekwazu, made this known in Abuja, the federal capital territory of Nigeria on Thursday, the 12th of October 2017.
While addressing the Senate committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases, Ihekwazu stated that monkey-pox has no vaccine at the moment and therefore it will be wrong to say that the federal government is conducting vaccination exercise against Monkey-pox.
There is no on-going vaccination against Monkey-pox in Nigeria, neither being carried out by the Military nor by any civilian organization.
The NCDC official highlighted this while reacting to the on-going Military Vaccination exercise in the South – East and South – South regions of the country.
Meanwhile, many of those who received the Military vaccination develop what looks like monkey-pox weeks after the immunization.
This led to the panic response by parents in Anambra and Imo States when it was reported that Nigerian Military were injecting their wards on gun-point without any body’s consent.
One report, has it that the military slapped a school headmistress for asking for proper verification, documentation and parents consent before pupils can be allowed to partake in the hatched exercise.
Punch Newspaper of Wednesday, October 11 reported that numerous schools in the southeast were deserted following unverified reports that soldiers were injecting students to death with the monkey-pox virus.
NAIJ reported 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”.
Meanwhile, the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB has called on the world health Organization (WHO) and other international organization to investigate the matter.
From all indications, no one knows the intent and purpose of the Monkey-pox inducing vaccine forcibly injected into pupils by the Nigerian army.