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Yenagoa inhabitants panic over monkey-pox vaccination

By Papa Austino
Inhabitants in Yenagoa Bayelsa state particularly parents of school children will long remembered the day they panicked over monkey-pox vaccination exercise.
The vaccination exercise was allegedly conducted by the Army in Yenagoa as part of “Operation Crocodile Smile” in the Niger Delta region.
As early as 8 am on Friday, news has gone around the fast growing state capital that soldiers in uniform are forcing school gates open to inject vaccines on school children to stop the outbreak of monkey-pox disease that hit the state few weeks ago.
To this end, parents and guardians of wards from up and downtown Yenagoa city ran helter-skelter to their schools to pick up their children, causing pandemonium everywhere.
Reason being that some parents had earlier learnt that some persons who took the injection died after.
While some parents met a brick wall at some school premises, others forced gates to open and took their children back home.
But at the end of the day, there was nothing like soldiers that carried out vaccination exercise.
A lady who spoke to our correspondent but not like her name identified said that she was highly panicked by the news and went to pick up her kids from school, saying that it is not easy to rear up children nowadays.
Bayelsa state information and orientation commissioner, Daniel Markson Iworisuo debunked the rumor and further stressed that no vaccination of children at private and public schools except clearance is obtained from the appropriate authorities in the state.
Also speaking on telephone interview, an Assistant Director in the Public Relation Unit of the 16 Brigade, Yenagoa, dismissed the purported allegation.


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