Tension in NYSC Camps As Scores of Corps Members Test Postive for COVID-19

It has been reported that some 2020 Batch ‘B’ Corps members at various NYSC orientation camps have been tested positive to the deadly Covid-19.

Recall that NYSC shut down orientation camps on 18th March, 2020 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, but were reopened again on November 10, 2020, with a strategy to test all prospective corps members upon arrival.

Corps members Covid19 test

NYSC Abuja orientation camp

In Abuja NYSC camp, no fewer than five corps members have been tested positive for the Novel coronavirus. Loan

According to a source, a total of 858 corps members were tested for the virus on NYSC Abuja orientation camp, but five turned positive.

“The five that were positive were taken to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) for treatment. So they are not among the number we registered.”

Anambra NYSC Orientation camp

In Anambra NYSC Orientation camp, one Corps member tested positive for Covid19. According to the NYSC coordinator in Anambra, the patient has been transferred to treatment centre. Loan

“We had a single case which the state government had already taken care of through the state disease management team.” getloan

Kano State Orientation camp

Two Corps members tested positive for COVID-19 at the orientation camp in Kano State. Loan

Meanwhile, the NYSC management actually admitted that some Corps members were tested, but noted that those tested positive have been handed over to NCDC for treatment. Read the official statement below;

RE: CORONAVIRUS IN NYSC CAMPS

“The attention of Management has been drawn to the news making the rounds about some Corps Members testing positive to Coronavirus in Lagos, Kano and FCT Camps.

The true position is that no Corps Member in any of the NYSC camp is COVID-19 positive.

It is pertinent to add that the NYSC is in collaboration with Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC), and the Centre maintains very strong presence in all the NYSC camps nationwide.

As a proactive measure, all Prospective Corps Members were tested for COVID-19 before being admitted into the camps. Those that tested positive were handed over to the NCDC for treatment and management.

Accordingly, the general public is hereby assured that the 37 Camps of the Scheme are safe, as COVID- 19 safety protocols are strictly adhered to.

There is no cause for alarm. Both the Scheme and NCDC are up to the task of safeguarding the lives of Corps Members and Camp officials.

Thank you.

Management

Stay with us as our correspondents are gathering information.

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Updated: November 16, 2020 — 7:19 pm

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