BEVERLY HILLS, October 11, (THEWILL) – The Nigerian Army on Wednesday dismissed as unfounded the rumours making the round that its ongoing free medical outreach, particularly in the South-East, was targeted at de-populating the geopolitical zone.
The five South-East states and Delta State were were earlier in the day thrown into commotion over rumour of killer vaccine, which stemmed from a routine medical outreach initiated by the Nigerian Army for rural communities.
The rumour had it that a vaccine given to people at the outreach was responsible for the outbreak of the monkeypox in some states set off a chain of events which culminated in the frantic closure of private and public schools across the states.
Angry parents stormed the schools to forcibly pick their children, stating that they did not want to gamble with the rumour that the vaccines and drugs given the medical outreach were laced with lethal chemicals believed to have the capacity to infect children with monkeypox virus.
But the Deputy Director, Public Relations, 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, Col. Sagir Musa, however issued a statement in Enugu, urging members of the public to disregard the rumours.
He explained that the free medical outreach was not a vaccine intended to infect monkeypox or any major contemporary or emerging diseases to the people of the zone or any part of the country.
Musa described as silly and mischievous’ publications trending on the social media alleging that the ongoing free medical services giving to some communities in the zone was with a sinister motive of depopulating the region through the so-calledmonkey pox vaccination’.
According to him, “The exercise is part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives imbued into the overall Exercise EGWU EKE II package to the people of the South Eastern Region which is the area of responsibility of the 82 Division.
“Other areas where the programme was conducted were Ovim in Isikwuato Local Government Area of Abia; Mbaise in Imo; Oji River in Enugu and now Ozubulu in Anambra.
“In all the mentioned areas, there has not been any recorded incident or complaint of any kind arising from the noble humanitarian gesture of the Nigerian Army.
“Hence, the wicked, ill-motivated rumour is the handiwork of unpatriotic elements who can go to any length to discredit the noble services of the army in the region, in which at the moment they will not succeed,” Musa said.