No Sinister Motives in Military Medical Outreach Programme - General Enenche

Maj. General John Enenche Defence Spokesman 
By BnF News Online 

The Nigeria military has assured members of the public that its medical outreach programme are targetted towards enhancement of public health without any attached ulterior or sinister motives. 

Last week the news waves went wild with stories of persons in military uniforms attempting to inject school kids with harmful vaccines. 

The news came from the southeast Nigeria where the Military has had a strained relationship with residents during its military field exercise called Operation Egwu Eke (Python Dance).

Just before that a panic was reported in far northeast state of Yobe where it was reported that parents had to rush to school to evacuate their wards upon getting the rumor that some strange persons were injecting kids with vaccines.

Yobe state government came out later to dispell such rumor.

Though the federal government's National Primary Health Care Development Agency had also debunked the possibility of such rumour, the military had on Saturday issued a statement to also correct the misperceptiona about its medical outreach. 

A statement signed by John  Enenche, a 
Major General, and Director Defence information said the military meant well in all its services to the country.  

His statement read: 

"The Armed Forces of Nigeria has been in the global best military practice of impacting on the lives of Nigerians through medical outreaches.  In this regard, 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 Egwu Eke II in the South East among others. 
"Particularly, the Nigerian Army on several occasions as aforestated carried out medical outreaches in virtually all the Geo-Political zones of Nigeria without any observation in the past.  The same goes for the Nigerian Navy that does same during all its exercises in Southern parts of the Country.  Similarly, Nigerian Air Force is equally in the lime light of medical outreaches including victims of natural disasters all over the Country.

"Categorically, the practice of reaching out to the general public medically is akin to the key task of securing the lives and property of Nigerians.  Therefore, it has and can never be done with ulterior motive.  Thus, Nigerians should be assured that, the Armed Forces of Nigeria will continue to carry out its all encompassing constitutional responsibility of "National Security" of which health security is inclusive.

"From the above, and in specific terms, the campaign of calumny against the Nigerian Army regarding the outbreak of Monkey Pox should be disregarded.  It is the machination of the usual mischievous and disgruntled human gongs, who are always in the business of blackmailing the Military for their myopic selfish interests.
"The Defence Headquarters hereby assures the general public of its commitment to genuine and sincere medical outreaches by members of the Armed Forces as it were.  This is in view of the positive impact it has had on the local populace in Nigeria.  All insinuations regarding Medical outreaches by the Nigerian Army, Navy and Air Force in the Country should be disregarded". 

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