The National Youth Service Corps NYSC has reiterated that no corps members in any of its ongoing orientation camps across the country tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement issued by the Director, Press and Public Relations of the NYSC Adenike Adeyemi (Mrs) on Saturday in Abuja have it that those that tested positive were not admitted into the camps, but were duly referred to the NCDC for treatment and management.
According to the statement, the attention of Management of the National Youth Service Corps has been drawn to a media report which erroneously states that 8 Corps Members currently undergoing Orientation Course in Bauchi State NYSC Orientation Camp tested positive for COVID-19.
“Management wishes to posit that at present, no Corps Member undergoing Orientation Course in Bauchi State, or any of the Orientation Camps of the Scheme across the nation is COVID-19 positive.
“It is very pertinent to note that all the prospective Corps Members for the foregoing programme underwent COVID-19 test, conducted by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), which was a prerequisite condition for admission into any of the 37 camps. Those that tested positive were not admitted into the camps but were duly referred to the NCDC for treatment and management.
“Therefore, reporting that 8 Corps Members undergoing Orientation Course in Bauchi State tested positive to COVID-19 is very misleading, as there is no COVID-19 positive Corps Member in Bauchi Camp or any of the NYSC Camps.
“Management hereby restates that it will continue to prioritize the welfare and safety of Corps Members, being a cardinal policy thrust of the NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim.
“NYSCt enjoined all Corps Members and Camp officials to remain safe, by always observing COVID-19 safety protocols as issued by the Scheme in collaboration with the NCDC.”