Military Not Administering Vaccines in Nigeria—Minister

By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, has refuted claims that soldiers were administering vaccines on school children in some parts of the country.

Prof Adewole, in a statement issued yesterday by a Director of Media and Public Relations, Mrs Boade Akinola, urged Nigerians to disregard the rumour.

According to him, there was no iota of truth in the claim and called on members of the public to remain calm as government is committed to the wellbeing of Nigerians wherever they live.

He noted that any vaccination by government agency would be done in conjunction with states and local governments.

In addition, the Minister said necessary awareness will be created through advocacy and community mobilization before such vaccination or immunization exercise is embarked upon.

He added that the military does not vaccinate or participate in vaccine exercise in any part of the country except two Local Government Areas in Borno State at the invitation of the Federal Ministry of Health to assist in reaching the inaccessible areas due to security challenges.

Prof Adewole, who described the rumour as malicious and mischievous, urged Nigerians to disregard the rumour and go about their legitimate and normal daily activities without fear or any apprehension.

Modupe Gbadeyanka is a fast-rising journalist with Business Post Nigeria. Her passion for journalism is amazing. She is willing to learn more with a view to becoming one of the best pen-pushers in Nigeria. Her role models are the duo of CNN's Richard Quest and Christiane Amanpour.

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