Right now in Nigeria, the fear of vaccination is the beginning of wisdom. Since last week, the internet has been going crazy about the ongoing rumour of the administration of vaccines to school children by military operatives in the East. The vaccines are said to cause monkey pox in their recipients. Several pictures of caring mothers and loving fathers taking desperate measures to withdraw their wards from various schools are making rounds on the internet. It was told of a policeman who personally went to pick his child from school. The Nigerian populace have zero trust in its government. What a sorry case!!
While we thought that was the end of the rumour, the same incident reared its ugly head in the Sunshine state (Ondo State). Parents on Tuesday stormed many public and private primary schools, as well as secondary schools in Ondo State to withdraw their children. I was amazed and shocked at the extent parents could go for their children. Parents invited thugs to shoot at school gates so as to reach out to their wards. Pandemonium broke out, School gates were dismantled, Schools became disorganised, transport fares increased. Parents ran faster than Usain Bolt. Parents became world heavyweight champions.
Several Parents were heard saying statements such as:
“Wetin government do on top bring back our girls matter”
“Who naija epp”
“Naija case na me and my family”
Here is my one kobo take on the matter: I believe this is a ploy by some heartless persons to turn the people against the military. Federal Government should address this issue before it gets to the critical stage. Media houses should take turns in educating the entire public on vaccination as well as the procedures of carrying out vaccination and its channels. School management should also assist in educating and informing parents through organised PTA meetings.
I believe with adequate education, information and effective communication channels, baseless rumours such as this will have absolutely zero effect on the nation at large.