Written by Laraba Murey

NCDC rules out NYSC camp closure even if Covid-19 detected

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has ruled out the closure of any of the 37 orientation camps of the National Youth Service Corps in the country even if a corps member were to test positive to COVID-19.

The Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said this ahead of Tuesday, November 10, 2020 reopening of orientation camps.

According to him, prevention, detection and prompt response remained critical factors for the safe reopening of camps.

A statement issued on Sunday by the NYSC Director (Press and Public Relations), Adenike Adeyemi, said Ihekweazu gave the conditions during a webinar held for the 2020 Batch ‘B’ prospective corps members getting ready for orientation course.

Ihekweazu said, “All the prospective corps members and camp officials shall undergo COVID-19 test in order to ascertain their health status and in the event of a prospective corps member testing positive, corps members should not panic as adequate measures have been put in place in all the NYSC camps to manage such case.

“No camp will be shut down as a result of one testing positive to COVID-19. Rather, care and support will be given to the victim, no one should be stigmatised.”

He commended the Director- General of the NYSC, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, for his passion for youths, exemplified by his tenacity of purpose which facilitated the approval for the NYSC to resume normal operations.

Ihekweazu said that COVID-19 curve has continued to flatten in the country, counseling that it was not yet Uhuru.

He said the prospective corps members should exercise caution as the deadly Coronavirus was still around.

The NCDC DG said it had been a trying time for the country, but expressed happiness that the challenge has brought the NYSC and NCDC together to work in partnership for the common good of the country.

He challenged the participants to be the leader the country needs at this critical time.

Ibrahim praised the NCDC DG and his team for working tirelessly to safeguard the health of the nation, stating that there will be zero tolerance for risky behaviours that will compromise the health of the camps.

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