Panic in NYSC hqtrs, camps as resident officer dies of COVID-19

Panic in NYSC hqtrs, camps as resident officer dies of COVID-19


There was panic among staff of the National Youth Service Corps on Tuesday after a resident officer died of   COVID-19.

The PUNCH gathered that the top officer was posted to the permanent orientation camp in Kano, a few days ago where he developed coronavirus symptoms and died on Tuesday.

Following his death, workers of the NYSC in Abuja and orientation camps, particularly in Kano, had been gripped by fear of contracting 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.

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