NYSC sets up committee to look into death of three corp members

The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) yesterday set up a high-powered committee to look into the death of three of its corp members, Elechi Nwenenda, Oladepo Ifedolapo and Asuquo Ukeme who died at the ongoing Batch B (Stream 1) orientation camps in Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara States.

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Brigadier General Sule Kazaure, NYSC Director General, disclosed this to newsmen in Abuja in a statement he personally signed.

The committee, according to him, will probe the remote and immediate causes of the deaths that have generated ripples in the nation.

He denied insinuations that the deaths were caused by negligence on the part of the medical teams at the camps.

Instead, he pointed out the corps members died from sicknesses that the medical team battled to no avail.

Kazaure said: “The policy of the scheme regarding healthcare during orientation course provides for the setting up of camp clinic manned by qualified doctors and other Corps health personnel.

“The clinics, which are also provided with drugs and other basic equipment, are detailed to render round-the-clock medical services on camp with standing arrangement to refer and ensure immediate movement of patients to more sophisticated health facilities when necessary.

“We want to inform the public that medical teams in our camps have always been guided by the procedures of practice and in the most professional ways possible.”

He sympathised with families of the deceased over the unfortunate deaths, saying the NYSC also appreciated concerns of stakeholders over the matter.

He pledged that the scheme will “continue to take measures aimed at ensuring the security and general well being of youths enlisted to serve the nation on the platform.”

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