- The NYSC has said no corps member has tested positive for COVID-19 in all the 37 camps across the country
- Adenike Adeyemi, the NYSC spokesperson, said claims of serial COVID-19 infections in camps are not true
- According to her, COVID-19 tests are administered on prospective corps members before entering camps and only those who test negative are admitted
FCT, Abuja - The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has described as untrue claims of serial cases of COVID-19 infections among corps members.
Legit.ng gathers that Adenike Adeyemi, the NYSC spokesperson, made the clarification in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, August 3.
No corps member can be admitted into camps without COVID-19 test
Adeyemi explained that before any prospective corps member is admitted into the 37 camps across the country, they must undergo COVID-19 test.
She said only those that test negative are being admitted, including the camp officials, Nigerian Tribune also reported.
The NYSC spokesperson added that those who test positive are handed over to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for treatment.
Difference between prospective corps members and corps members
Adeyemi further explained that there is a gulf of difference between a corps member and a prospective corps member.
She noted that one becomes a corps member after admittance to the camp, registration and administration of the oath of national allegiance.
According to the NYSC spokesperson, anyone mobilised for service that has not gone through the aforesaid process is not a corps member.
Going by the explanation, it will be incorrect to state that a corps member has tested positive for the virus.
25 prospective corps members test positive
The Gombe state commissioner for health, Dr Habu Dahiru, confirmed the matter on Saturday, July 31.
Dahiru said the 25 corps members were tested in the last three days, adding that they have been moved to the state-owned isolation centre in Kwadon.
COVID-19: UNILAG confirms 3rd wave as students contract virus in hostels
Meanwhile, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) on Wednesday, July 14, confirmed what appears to be the third wave of COVID-19 on its campus as some students were said to have been infected with the dreaded virus.
In a statement released by its spokesman, Nonye Oguama, UNILAG said there is an increased number of patients at the University of Lagos Medical Centre showing symptoms of the virus.
Stating that it will attend to only emergency cases at the moment, the institution assured members of its community that it will do its utmost to address the situation according to the guidelines of the federal and state governments.