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Wednesday 11 October 2017

Monkeypox: Commotion in Enugu as schools shut down, pupils ran back home to evade forceful administration of vaccines

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue | Biafra Writers

October 11, 2017

ENUGU— The anxiety generated by the dreaded Monkeypox virus which has become a household name in the Southeast, halted school activities in Enugu metropolis today.

Palpable fear and tension enveloped pupils and students of the school community, as they were seen hurriedly running home during school hours over apprehension on the ongoing unverified medical vaccine in the State.

Our correspondent gathered from the pupils in both primary and secondary schools who flooded the streets, that they were ordered by their school managements to “run as fast as they could to their various homes,” so as to evade being compelled to be injected with the 'poisonous' vaccine by the Nigerian security operatives.

Also, some parents whose children are in school were also spotted grabbing and hurriedly taking their wards home in their vehicles while some made use of public transport.


“Our headmistress asked us to run home as fast as we could so that we won’t be infected with Monkeypox,” says a Primary five pupil who could not wait to entertain more questions from our correspondent.

Also, Monkeypoxuestions from our correspondent, a teacher who spoke on condition of anonymity, said they were worried about the lives of their wards in various schools as a result of the outbreak of the epidemic disease.
“We hear of cases here in Enugu, whereby those who administer these vaccines visit schools with police or army escorts, forcing the injection of the vaccines to our pupils.

“We wonder the motives behind this sudden vaccine administration which does not give room for objection from its recipients.

“We have been informed of cases in the remote villages and towns in Nsukka and Oji River Local government of the state where some students are reacting negatively to these vaccines.

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“They came to our school with security escorts and we told them to go and that we have closed for the day. We wonder why this vaccine administration should be a do or die affair while it should be voluntary and moreover, we never solicited for it.

“The State commissioner of health has recently announced that there are no case of the epidemic in the State, we just pray that it continues to be so,” she added.

In Enugu South Local government, students of Ziks Avenue Primary school, Igbariam Primary school, Bishop Dimoji Nursery and Primary School, Idaw-River Primary and Secondary School, and Uwani Boys and Girls Secondary school, were seen heading fast to their various homes while the case was much more different in Enugu East Local government as group of secondary and primary school students from Good Shepherd and other schools around Independence layout, were protesting against the forceful administration of the vaccine.

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