A top National Youth Service Corp officer posted to a permanent orientation camp in Kano has died of covid-19.
As a result of his death on Tuesday after developing symptoms of the corona virus few days after he was posted to the camp, fear of contracting the virus has gripped workers of the NYSC in Abuja and orientation camps, particularly in Kano.
The Economic Sustainability Committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in June last year recommended that the Federal Government should suspend the reopening of NYSC camps for two years but the government never heed to the recommendation.
It was reported that since the reopening of the camps, many corps members have contracted the the covid-19 virus. At the Cross River NYSC camp, 13 corps members were reported to have tested positive on January 25.
NYSC Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations), Emeka Mgbemena who confirmed the death of the officer who went to Kano State where he represented the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General, Shuaibu Ibrahim, said the deceased died outside the camp.
However, a top officer who didnt want mention of name confirmed that the deceased was tested by doctors and officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control who confirmed that he died as a result of COVID -19.
The source said, “The resident officer, who was posted from the NYSC National Headquarters in Abuja to Kano State NYSC permanent orientation camp died early this (Tuesday) morning as a result of COVID-19.
“But very unfortunately, the NYSC management and the NCDC are trying to hide the case. The officer and representative of the DG was tested by the doctors and the NCDC who confirmed that the officer died as a result of COVID-19 in the camp. Right now, multiple numbers of the NCDC staff are in the camp.”
Another top officer of the service, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said staff of the NYSC in other camps, who had learnt about the development had started panicking.
Giving more insight into the officer’s death, Mgbemena said, “Indeed, NYSC lost an officer. In keeping with COVID – 19 protocols, everyone, including the DG, must subject themselves to COVID-19 test. Only those that test negative are allowed into the camps.
“The officer in question was suspected of COVID-19. Accordingly, the NCDC took over the case. Sadly, he succumbed to the cold hands of death in the course of treatment. It is imperative to state that he did not step into the camp, neither did he die there too. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
“Everybody in the camp, including resource persons, camp market operators were tested for COVID – 19. There’s no COVID-19 positive person in the 37 camps of the NYSC nationwide.”