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Published On: Mon, Oct 23rd, 2017

Monkeypox: Borno reopens schools following calm

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The Borno State Government on Thursday said it had reopened primary schools it shut following confusion on rumour of immunisation against monkeypox disease because all was now calm.
The state’s Commissioner for Education, Inuwa Kubo, made this known at a news conference in Maiduguri.
Pandemonium erupted in schools when stories circulated in Maiduguri, alleging that pupils would be immunised with contaminated monkey pox vaccine.
The rumour peddled widely in the metropolis and parents rushed to evacuate their children from schools.
In the ensuing scuffle, teachers at Sanda Kyarimi, Gwange I and III primary schools locked their gates behind desperate parents who forced the gate open to free their wards.
Hundreds of pupils who found their way out in the affected schools were seen crying; while some parents muzzled as they could not locate their children amid the confusion.
The education commission said “no responsible government would allow anybody to go into schools to conduct inoculation without its consent.”
Mr. Kubo, who described the incident as unfortunate, said parents should understand that it was the responsibility of government to protect their children and wards against any danger.
He added that “even if there was a problem, parents do not have the right to storm schools to withdraw their children. It was very unfortunate that some mischievous individuals were using schools to cause havoc.

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