Health Minister Debunks Rumours Military Vaccination Exercise

The Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole has debunked rumors that the military is involved in vaccination exercise. He said the Federal Government always takes the lead and would not conduct campaigns without involving the states.

According to him, the ministry is conducting vaccination in three states only, Yellow fever in Kwara and Kogi, Cholera vaccination in Borno.

On the latest development in the monkeypox crisis, Health Minister quoted 74 suspected cases reported from 11 states. 12 tested negative and three positive from Bayelsa while four suspected in Lagos tested negative as well.

He added that there has been no new case of polio in 2017. Recall that there had been reports that Nigerian Army was allegedly administering suspected harmful immunisation drugs against monkeypox disease.

But the military denied the claims. In a statement Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, said, the military has been in the global best practice of impacting on the lives of Nigerians through medical outreaches.

He said the quick impact medical outreaches are usually conducted during deliberate operations such as the war against insurgency and terrorism in the North East and routine training exercise like Operation Python Dance 2, in the South East among others.



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