The Regional Director, Southwest, of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Emmanuel Attah has debunked news that a corps member at the Ekiti State orientation camp tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
A statement signed by the regional director and made available to journalists in Osogbo Wednesday evening, disclosed that deliberately orchestrated to scare parents of corps members and cause unnecessary scare among Nigerians.
It added that a corps member who was alleged to have shown symptoms was taken to a laboratory in Ede, Osun state and tested negative for the pandemic disease.
It reads, “The attention of the NYSC has been drawn to a piece of fake and unsubstantiated news making the rounds that a corps member presently in NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ise-Orun, Ekiti State has tested positive to Coronavirus and has been moved to the State Isolation Centre situated at Oba Adejuyigbe Hospital, Anilosun, Ado-Ekiti.
“The said report was in bad light and it is orchestrated just to mislead Nigerians especially the parents and guardians of members of the service corps that are in NYSC Camps nationwide.
“With every sense of responsibility, I wish to reiterate the commitment of the Scheme to continue to wage unrelenting war against whatever pandemic that may rear its ugly head near any NYSC formation nationwide with far-reaching actions in order to guard against the contraction of any deadly virus by corps members.
“I equally wish to add that the corps member that was purportedly alleged to have tested positive was taken to a Laboratory in Ede, Osun State for comprehensive medical test to determine the veracity or otherwise of the damaging allegation and I am happy to inform the general public that the corps member tested negative to the dreaded epidemic. Once again, I want to repeat that no corps member has been invested with Coronavirus or any other disease in all the NYSC formations nationwide.
“Accordingly, newshounds should endeavour to seek information and clarification from NYSC management or the accredited spokesperson before going to public with such a damaging news item.
*NYSC remains commitment to the remarkable welfare and well-being of all the corps members nationwide”.