NMA ADVISES PUBLIC: STAY AWAY FROM FREE MEDICAL CARE – HOW ARMY MISMANAGED FREE HEALTH CARE PROGRAM

The Nigerian Medical Association, Imo State wishes to inform the General public that whereas immunization is necessary for the prevention of some killer diseases especially in Childhood, there in no officially approved immunisation programme going on in the state presently. As a result, parents and teachers are advised not to submit their wards to persons or group of persons for any purported form of immunisation.

This is on the backdrop of alarm being raised about "forced immunization" in some places in the state on Wednesday 11th October, 2017.

Similarly, The Nigerian Medical Association Imo State advices the general public to stay away from all forms of "free medical programmes" that do not have the approval of Nigerian Medical Association, while we keenly monitor events unfold.

Dr Dike Victor O.

Secretary, NMA IMO.

In another statement, the Delta State Government said, it attention has been drawn to the fact that parents and guidance are going to schools to withdraw their children and wards out of panic.

"This panic measure is based on the falsehood and rumors making the rounds that some persons or groups are going to schools to forcefully inject children to death.

"Government hereby states without equivocation that there is no iota of truth behind this rumour as there is no vaccination currently going on in schools across the State.

The state government has advised school heads to ensure optimum security in their schools by paying attention to all children and wards until the close of schools when parents or guardians come to take them home.

Accordingly, the state Government has by this announcement advised Security agencies to be on the alert and to nip in the bud the antics of mischief makers who may want to take advantage of this falsehood and rumour to cause havoc.

Residents of the state are advised to be calm and go about their normal businesses.

Signed  Patric Ukah  Honourable Commissioner for Information Delta State.

Recently, the Nigerian Army launched a free medical outreach in Ovim, Isuikwuato Local Government Area of Abia, as an integral part of the ongoing Python Dance II exercise in the South-East of the country.

 A statement signed by the Deputy Director of Public Relations, 82 Division, Col. Sagir Musa, and made available to newsmen in Enugu, described the programme as a success. Musa said that the programme followed a directive by the Chief of Army Staff, Maj.-Gen. Tukur Buratai.

He said that the former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika and other dignitaries were present at the event. “One interesting aspect of the exercise is the generous donations of rice, dental and optometry services, malaria and de-worming tablets, eye glasses, treated mosquito nets to the locals, among others.“In addition to the de-worming tablets, school children were given packets of biscuits, chewing gum and chocolates,” Musa said. Ihejirika is from Ovim.

Meanwhile, Musa said that various formations and corps commanders of the Nigerian Army training institutions had been visiting areas covered by the Python Dance II. He said that the visits, as directed by Buratai, were designed for interaction with the troops and assess the success of the ongoing exercise.

He said that the commanders were conducted round some field locations and check-points along Enugu-Nsukka and Enugu-Abakaliki axis. “The Commander of Nigerian Army College of Logistics, Maj.-Gen. RC Duru, visited Sector 2 Operational Headquarters, where he was briefed on the exercise. “The commander was later conducted round the hitherto volatile areas of Ohaji Egbema in Imo State. “So far, the entire South-East has been peaceful and people are seamlessly carrying out their normal businesses,” Musa said. NAN

 
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