The Management of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has played down on the rumours going round that there had been an increasing COVID-19 positive cases in its orientation camps across the country – by saying that no corps member had tested positive for the Virus in any of the 37 orientation camps across the nation.
In responding to the reports, Director, Press and Public Relations Mrs Adenike Adeyemi in a statement said:
” The attention of management has been drawn to the write-up with the caption: ‘ Why the Rising Cases of Covid-19 in NYSC Camps’ trending on the new and traditional media.
“No one, both staff and prospective corps member, that tested positive to COVID-19 was allowed into any of the orientation camps. Therefore, it is erroneous and very misleading to talk about rising cases of COVID-19 in NYSC camps”
“It is pertinent to state that the terminology, prospective corps member should not be confused with corps member as both cannot be used interchangeably”
“A corps member is a qualified Nigerian youth who has been duly admitted into the NYSC orientation camp, registered and formally sworn-in as a bona fide member of the service corps”.
Mrs Adeyemi went on to clarify that even before the commencement of the ongoing orientation program, the body(NYSC) had liaised with the Nigerian Center for Disease Control(NCDC), tested all the prospective corps members reporting to their respective camps and those whose results came out positive to COVID-19, were taken care of by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control(NCDC).
She went on to plead with the general public to disregard such reports by media houses and in addition urges all to always look out for information from the management of the NYSC or NCDC on Covid-19 related issues in the country.