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NYSC denies abandoning corps members in isolation centre

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The National Youth Services Corps (NYSC) has denied an allegation in the media that corps members in Jigawa State who tested positive for COVID-19 have been abandoned at the state’s isolation centre.

In a statement, yesterday, the NYSC said: “Management wishes to state emphatically that the story is inaccurate, and does not in any way represent the true position of things concerning either the corps members in reference, or prospective corps members earlier quarantined in other isolation centres for testing positive for COVID-19.

“To put the issues raised in proper perspective, some corps members of the 2020 Batch “A” deployed to Jigawa State, who had to return to the orientation camp to conclude the programme earlier truncated in March this year, arising from the coronavirus pandemic, tested positive for the dreaded virus upon being tested at the camp.

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“It is pertinent to state that before admission into any NYSC camp, both the prospective corps members or corps members as the case may be, and camp officials must undergo COVID-19 test.

“Those that tested negative were allowed into the camps, while cases of those that tested positive are handled by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC)”.

The scheme noted that Jigawa corps members that tested positive for the virus were taken into the state’s isolation centre for treatment and care.

“It is important to disclose that the NYSC, Jigawa secretariat, Jigawa State government and NCDC have been in constant touch with the corps members on their welfare and care.

“However, there have been agitations from some of them that want to leave the isolation centre to reunite with their families because of the festivities but were turned down until they are certified okay by the NCDC.”

The management appealed to the concerned to be patient, saying all that the NCDC is doing is for their interest and that of other Nigerians.

“For the promotion of balanced and fair reportage, management appeals to the media to always cross check issues of this nature with NYSC management, Jigawa State government and the NCDC.,” the statement said.

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