There has been commotion in Anambra state today following claims from IPOB members that some military officers invaded school premises and are injecting students with the new monkey pox virus.
Across the state, parents were seen picking their wards from school.
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Reacting to the development Anambra State Government has released a statement denying the claims and urging citizens to be calm.
The statement released by the secretary to the state government, Solo Chukwulobelu, says the military officers were only in some schools in Ozubulu in Ekwusigo local government area to carry out free medical outreach.
And that some mischief-makers have created tension in the area by claiming that the soldiers were there to inject the students with the virus.
The state government says it has contacted the military to put on hold the medical outreach until the residents of the state are fully sensitized. It also advised parents to stop withdrawing their children from schools.
The Federal Government had recently denied the report that the outbreak of Monkey Pox in some parts of the country resulted from the alleged free
medical care by the government in the affected areas.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had in a statement urged Nigerians to disregard the report which according to him is being spread by some unscrupulous persons to fit into a sinister agenda.
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”The Federal Government has not conducted any free medical service or care in either Bayelsa or Rivers state, as alleged in the fake report being circulated. So that could not have been the cause of the outbreak of Monkey Pox in both states.
“Monkey Pox is a virus found only in monkeys and it is rare in human beings. It belongs to the same family as Chicken Pox and Smallpox. It is suspected that someone may have contracted it by eating monkey meat, thus triggering the current outbreak.”