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Anambra confirms apprehension over Army free medical outreach

The Anambra State government has confirmed the apprehension over the Army free medical outreach in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of the state, and requested immediate support of any army medical outreach within its domain, reports ITRealms.

The Secretary to the Anambra State Government, Prof Solo Chukwulobelu, decried the apprehension but acknowledged that their attention has been drawn to an ongoing medical outreach being undertaken by the Nigerian Army in Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area, as  part of Army social responsibility to members of the public.

“However, strong apprehension among the populace has followed the exercise leading to withdrawal of students from schools by parents, misconception of the actual motive behind the exercise by stakeholders, community leaders and a general reservation by the public for whom the outreach is intended,” he lamented.

To ensure no further escalation of the situation, he quoted the Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, as having contacted the Army authorities with advice for immediate stoppage of the medical outreach until wide sensitization is conducted to reassure people of its intentions and benefits.

“The exercise has therefore been put on hold,” he assured, advising parents and guardians to stop withdrawing wards from schools as the situation has been handled.

“All schools within the State will remain open as there is no cause for alarm! Community leaders, Presidents General and all Stakeholders are hereby reassured of the commitment of the Governor and the State Government to the wellbeing of Ndi Anambra,” he said.

The State Government, he also said, strongly condemns observed rhetorics on social media completely misrepresenting the situation with insinuations of spread of diseases and death of students in schools arising from the exercise.


“The State categorically refutes these rhetorics and confirms that there is no death of any student anywhere in the State. Mischief makers are warned to desist from spreading falsehood. Anambra remains calm and peaceful” he declared.

Chuks Egbune/GEE
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