29, November 2017
Hundreds of pupils in the Far North Regional Capital Maroua have fled from school following rumour that a serious vaccination campaign that would render them sterile was to be launched in school.
Because of this, a school that normally hosts over 900 pupils was left with just close to 400 pupils. Teachers and health officials have been making efforts to help this children come back to school even though the return is still timid.
At the Government Primary School Group 2 of Gaikama in Maroua, a teacher attested that he was in school early in the morning when suddenly pupils who arrived started running back home. He said some parents made the situation complicated by accompanying their children back home.
In order to prevent the situation from aggravating, the teacher went from house to house on bike convincing the parents that the said rumour was false. Most of the parents preferred taking back their children home to digest the shock and doubts.
This rumour comes just a week after another had gone viral insinuating that a vaccine meant to kill pupils will soon be introduced.