Panic As NYSC Resident Officer Dies Of COVID-19

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The death of a resident officer at an NYSC orientation camp has caused panic among the staff of the National Youth Service Corps he died of COVID-19.

According to The PUNCH, the senior officer was posted to the permanent orientation camp in Kano, and a few days later, he developed coronavirus symptoms and died on Tuesday.

His death caused workers of the NYSC in Abuja and orientation camps, especially in Kano, to be gripped by fear of contracting COVID-19.

The Economic Sustainability Committee led by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had in June last year told the Federal Government to suspend the NYSC orientation camp exercises for two years.

But this recommendation was snubbed as the Federal Government re-opened orientation camps nationwide even in the midst of rising COVID-19 infections.

Since the camps were reopened, many corps members have tested positive for COVID-19. For example, at the Cross River NYSC camp, 13 corps members were reported to have tested positive on January 25.

On Tuesday, the deceased officer went to Kano State where he represented the Director-General of the NYSC, Brigadier General, Shuaibu Ibrahim.

When contacted, NYSC Deputy Director (Press and Public Relations), Emeka Mgbemena, confirmed the death of the officer but said he died outside the orientation camp.

But a top officer of the NYSC, who confided in The PUNCH, said the officer was tested by doctors and officials of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control who confirmed that he died as a result of COVID -19.

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