Is this a case of failure on the part of those in authority or negligence on the part of the schools?

Two persons engaging in unauthorised immunisation of school children in Abia State have been arrested.

They were going from school to school immunising children for an unknown disease.

The police will need to question them well to know what they were injecting into children.

After their arrest, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. John Ahukanah, told reporters in Umuahia that the suspects were nabbed in Isialangwa North Local Government Area and Owerrinta axis of the state.

Authorities had received reports from concerned citizens on the illegal activities of the fake immunisation officers.

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“These groups of fellows were running around schools immunising children for an unknown disease.

“We responded swiftly when we got the information because at the moment, the state has no ongoing immunisation exercise except the one billed for March.

“Through the Divisional Police in Owerrinta, the suspects were apprehended. We are continuing investigation into the matter”, he said.

Dr. Ahukanah further warned parents to beware of such fake immunisation officers whose missions are unknown.

“We have equally learnt that they are collecting one thousand Naira per child when we all know that immunisation is free.

“They will be severely punished if found guilty to serve as deterrent to others,” the commissioner stated.

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Parents in Abia State had in October last year rushed to school to withdraw their children after rumours spread that the military was immunising children to with unknown vaccine.

It turned out to be false alarm, but this immunisation by unauthorised persons leaves much to worry about.

To allay fears, Dr. Ahukana said the State government had adopted proactive measures and would inform the citizens about future immunisation programmes.

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