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Anambra Govt. Suspends Army Medical Outreach Programme As False Rumours Heighten tension, Panic

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The state government has suspended the ongoing medical outreach being undertaken by the Army in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo council area as part of its social responsibility to members of the public.


Governor Willie Obiano who ordered for the suspension said is aimed at averting further escalation of the situation that led to withdrawal of students from schools by parents and guidance.
Governor Obiano who described what he called strong apprehension among the populace as misconception of the actual motive behind the exercise by stakeholders, community leaders and a general reservation by the public for whom the outreach is intended, contacted Army authorities and advised for its immediate stoppage until wide sensitization is conducted on its intentions and benefits.
While condemning rhetorics on social media, completely misrepresenting the situation with insinuations of spread of diseases and death of students in school arising from the exercise, Governor Obiano however advised parents and guidance to stop withdrawing their wards from schools as the situation has been handled and no cause for alarm.
He categorically refuted these rhetorics and confirmed that there is no death of any student anywhere in the state, warning mischief makers to desist from spreading falsehood as Anambra state remains clam and peaceful.
Meanwhile, calm has returned to Awka and environs after the panic occasioned by the unfounded rumor that soldiers are invading schools and forcefully injecting pupils and students with dangerous chemical.

ABS team that monitored the effects of the rumours in Awka Metropolis reports that parents were seen running helter skellter collecting their children and wards from their schools resulting to heavy traffic at Zik’s Avenue and other major-roadsin Awka.
At Saint Patrick’s College and Handmaids Infant Jesus Nursery and Primary School, Awka, parents were seen waiting to collect their children while the Principal, Reverend Father Celestine Anekwe personally identified each parents before releasing the children.
Speaking to the ABS later, Reverend Father Anekwe said, nobody invaded the school and regretted that all efforts to clam and convince the parents did not yield any fruit as they insisted on collecting their children thereby creating serious tension and apprehension among the children, noting that such panic and pandemonium could endanger the children.
Some parents who spoke to the ABS including Mrs Jane Mbonu, confirmed that they were reacting to information flying in from various areas.
The story was the same in all schools visited as the managements confirmed that there was no invasion of any kind.

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