Rapid testing at the camp for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members in Niger State has revealed that 19 of the corps members in the ongoing 2020 /2021 Batch C, Stream One orientation tested positive to Covid-19
The secretary to the Niger State government (SSG) and chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Alhaji Ahmed Matane told LEADERSHIP that COVID-19 test was conducted on all the corps members admitted into the camp.
He said that the corps members have been admitted into the state’s isolation centre and their cases are being monitored with all deserving attention.
The SSG said the corps members were not allowed to have contact with the rest of the corps members in the camp before they were taken to the isolation centre.
Matane however stated that there was need for contact tracing of the corps members right from where they were coming from up to the point of testing for confirmation.
Similarly, the commissioner for information, Mohammed Idris and his health counterpart, Dr Mohammed Makusidi said the medical personnel of the Ministry of Health carried out the screening of the corps members on their arrivals at the entrance gate of the NYSC Orientation Camp making it difficult for any contacts within the camp.
Makusidi added that the state Ministry of Health officials were deployed to carry out the screening exercise on the new corps members on their arrivals from different parts of the country to the orientation camp with the view to prevent those of them that had tested positive for Covid-19 from entering into the camp so that the lives of others who had tested negative would not be endangered.
“They would be discharged after they must have been certified medically fit to join their colleagues at the NYSC Orientation Camp at Paiko in Paikoro local government area of the state”, he said.