PANDEMONIUM IN IKA LAND OVER MILITARY VACCINATION RUMOUR

There was pandemonium in Ika land in the early hours of Wednesday 11th October 2017 owing to a wild spread rumour of Military men invading schools in Delta State to inject pupils and students to death.
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The rumour which hit Ika Land in full force caused chaotic movements as parents and guardians rushed to various schools in Ika land, some parents were seen in their large numbers besieging school gates for schools that refused to open up their gates, while some others were seen on the streets going home with their wards. IMG_20171011_124255 PANDEMONIUM IN IKA LAND OVER MILITARY VACCINATION RUMOUR
At some of the schools visited by Ika Weekly Newspaper team at the time of the incidence were; Agbor Model Primary School, Kingdom Heritage Groups of Schools, Pereplanque Nursery and Primary School, Orogodo Primary School, Holy Infant, Calvary Group of Schools, Rock of Ages Group of Schools. It was the same story as School authorities gave in under pressure from parents to release their students and pupils before closing hours.
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Speaking to Ika Weekly Newspaper on phone, the Local Education Authority Secretary in Ika North East, Hon John Aleh allayed the fears of parents, urging them to disregard such rumours, as it is baseless and unfounded. He however said he had instructed all Primary School Head teachers in the local government not to allow any form of vaccination, or open up their school gates, in order to prevent any form of evil occurrence by people who might want to take advantage of the chaotic situation. On his part, the L.E.A Secretary in Ika South, Mr. Amino Imasua said parents believed the rumour to the point of pulling down School gates of some schools that refused to open their gates to them. He posited that parents should call and confirm information, before they act on it, to prevent such rancor in the future.
Also speaking, Mr. C.I Ezenduka, the Proprietor of Rock of Ages Group of Schools, described the situation as unfortunate and cautioned parents to desist from listening to and believing rumours without tracing the source. Mr. Ezenduka said, he was forced to open his school gate for parents to pick up their wards due to heavy pressure and wailings from them. He however said teaching continued for pupils whose parents did not believe the rumour.
He further said that the government should take proactive measures to allay the fears of parents, in case of future occurrences, in order to avoid unnecessary panic, which can lead to health issues on the part of parents. In his words “the rumour was so strong that even leaders of churches were calling their members to go to the various schools to collect their children”.
Going further, he said that the rumour would not hamper academic activities, saying that he is optimistic of pupils returning to school fully after their National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools Day celebration on Thursday 12th October 2017. He also used the opportunity to urge the government to fish out perpetrators of such rumour aimed at causing chaos and confusion amongst the public, especially through the mass media. He said people should be held accountable to whatever they post on social media. He ended by charging parents to always investigate news/information available to them, before they work on it.
Reacting to the rumour, Health Officers at Boji-Boji Model Health Center, Agbor said, there was no official immunization programme going on, until the next one which will be conducted in March 2018, emphasizing that the news around town is a mere rumour, so it should be disregarded.
The State Government has since through a press release called on parents to go about their daily activities as the news is false and baseless. They also called on School heads to be vigilant and ensure maximum security and accountability of every child, from the school resumption time till the closing time.

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