Via L'Express de Madagascar: Ambohimangakely - The plague makes parents panic. The edited Google translation:
Parents of panicked pupils came to pick up their children in full swing, in a few schools in Ambohimangakely and Ambohimanambola administrative and educational zones (ZAP), yesterday morning. They went so far as to force those in charge of these institutions to get their children out of the classrooms.
Malicious criminals exploited the massive presence of police officers in Ambohimanambola, where the President of the Republic was present for the inauguration of a 60W Thermal Power Station. They spread false information announcing the presence of health workers accompanied by law enforcement officers in the area, to force children to vaccinate against plague and control temperature. Parents panicked and looked for their children in class.
Serge Thierry Tsitoara, Director of Information Technology and Communication (DTIC) of the Ministry of Education, said there was no new device implemented in schools, apart from setting up a vigilance committee and an isolation ward by establishment for systematic control of plague at the school level.
In addition, Avaradrano District Medical Inspector Dr. Marcel Rabetokontany claims that the plague vaccine does not exist and that no raids of health workers have been carried out in the schools.
This rumor spread in the village of Ambohitsimeloka in the rural commune of Ambohimanambola around 10 am The parents would have run to their children's school, seeing the police vehicles around them.
"The officials of the establishment would have tried to reason with these parents, but they would not have declined in any way," said a member of the gendarmerie who raided the scene.
This false information spread later in Ambohimangakely, where institutions decided to temporarily suspend their classes, facing furious parents of students.
"In all, four schools ceased their activities. However, there were schools that continued to teach. We reassured the parents that it was only a rumor and that they can send their children to class with confidence," adds a source at the Ambohimangakely gendarmerie.
This confusion should not disrupt schooling in these two PAZs. Schools will continue to open.