Normalcy has returned to public primary schools in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital as the state government battles with the false rumour of allege immunization of children by some unknown persons.
It was gathered that most public primary schools in the state were closed with rumors that some unknown persons have infiltrated some primary schools within the metropolis administering immunization to unsuspecting children.
According to some version of the report, what is more worrisome is that the, the vaccinators were administering the vaccines either on the neck of the child or close to the umbilical cord of the children with huge monetary reward. The rumour which spread like fire compelled parents to rush to the schools to pick up their children for fear of the unknown danger resulting from the immunization.
As a part of measures to curtail the rumours and bring confidence to the parents, the State Commissioner for Yobe State for Health Dr. Bello Kawuwa described the labour as unfunded and blatant lies coming from mischief makers.
Dr. Bello explained that no donor agency in the state except the state government is responsible for all immunization activities, adding that for any intervention, the support is only channeled through the state ministry of Health.
He stated that a team from the state ministry of Health, the chairman of Damaturu local government, the police, civil defense corp., NGOs in the state convened an emergency meeting which it was discovered that the rumors are lies.
He called on the general public not to panic but to rely on credible channels of getting information rather than unnecessary just as he called on them to disregard the rumors.
Dr. Bello, a medical doctor said he was surprised that over his years of experience and study as a medical doctor that he hasn’t found any medical history relating to the immunization on the neck and in the lower abdomen of a child.