COVID-19: No Corps Member Tests Positive In Camp – NYSC

COVID-19: No Corps Member Tests Positive In Camp – NYSC
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JOEL AJAYI

The National Youth Service Corps NYSC, has repeated that, there are no Corps Members or camp officials of the Scheme that are tested positive of COVID-19.

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It will be recalled that false news emanated from the Daily Trust newspaper, which reported a mischievous “Red Alert: NYSC camps on red alert as 109 test positive for COVID-19.

The Scheme has, in totality, debunked the story and said nobody goes to any NYSC orientation camps without COVID-19 test with NCDC officials in charge.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Scheme’s headquarters in Abuja, the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mrs Adenike Adeyemi, said since the outbreak of Covid-19, NYSC has conducted five orientation exercises and that till now, not one single person was confirmed positive in the camp.

She expressed that having a report saying 109 corps members tested positive nationwide is very misleading saying there is no red alert in NYSC Orientation Camps.

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According to her, it’s still wrong and very misleading caption that 109 corps tested positive nationwide, it’s very far from the truth

“All the Corps Members within the 36 states and FCT, the camps officials, collaborative agencies are all confirmed negative before they enter the camps.

“COVID-19 started last year, we are very much aware and the camps were closed.  We did not resume orientation until November last year but between last year and now this is about the fifth orientation exercises the NYSC is conducting with different batches and streams.

“And all through this time, not one person confirmed having COVID-19 within the camp’s premises and this is because a lot of work has gone into preparations before any orientation.

“NYSC has been working hard to ensure the safety and welfare of corps members when they come to camps particularly during 3 weeks orientation camps.

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It’s not possible in view of what NYSC has put in place and the collaboration with NCDC to have a positive case within the NYSC camps.

“Everyone coming into camp is tested at the gate. You don’t enter into any camps without the COVID-19 test conducted by NCDC officials and only those confirmed negative go into camp, talking about staff, camp officials, members of collaborative agencies and the entire camp communities.

She added that: “Nobody goes into the camp without taking the COVID-19 test. When the result comes out negative you are granted entry into the camp and that gives us a difference between prospective corps members and corps members.

“You have a call up letter, you are prospective corps members but only those confirmed negative after the test enter into the camp and when their papers are checked properly  and have a clean bill then, you will be registered as well as taken  the oath of national service that is when you become corps members.

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“So, anyone tested at the gate is prospective corps members peradventure the test came out positive NCDC take over immediately so, they don’t miss with those who are in the camp.”

However, Mrs Adeyemi urged the Fourth Estate of the Realm to be very careful of information that is capable of misleading the general public.

She assured that NYSC will continue to work with the NCDC and presidential steering committee for the well-being of all Corps Members.

Aljazirahnews


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