The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) said it had entered into partnership with the Federal Ministry of Health (FMH) to ensure adequate delivery of healthcare services to corps members in orientation camps.
Mr Salawu Abdulrazak, the NYSC, FCT Coordinator, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Tuesday.
Abdulrazak said that the ministry would assist the NYSC in monitoring health facilities in camps, purchase of drugs and deployment of medical personnel to assist camp doctors in their delivery of healthcare services to corps members.
He said that the medical personnel of Federal Medical Centres located near orientation camps would be deployed to assist camp doctors.
The coordinator said that apart from the aforementioned plans, the scheme had put other adequate measures in place to ensure that corps members’ health and welfare were given top priority.
“The truth is that most Nigerians do not like disclosing their health status where necessary, but we have put certain measures in place to have important information on the health status of corps members.
“When we know this, we can now make adequate provision to cater to their needs.
“Due to the incident that led to the death of a corps member, the NYSC management has decided to include as part of requirement to enter the orientation camp, a health fitness certificate.
“This will allow us know what ailment or otherwise each individual has.
“Once we identify those with serious health issues, we will not allow them go through the rigors of camp activities; we will send them back home after they have been registered.
“For those who have minor health challenges that our clinic can handle, we will monitor them.
“As the coordinator, I will not take anything for granted and I will not allow any child to suffer unnecessarily, especially when it comes to their health and welfare.
“NYSC does not have the habit of neglecting corps members when it comes to their needs; including their health needs because these corps members are not just corps members, they are our children, so we care,” Abdulrazak said.
He also assured of adequate security of corps members during the orientation course, stating that adequate security personnel had been deployed to camps.
According to the coordinator, the NYSC deployment of military and other security personnel will be based on the number of corps members in camp.
He said that apart from the drill instructors, there were security personnel stationed outside the camp premises to guard the perimeter.
“We also have officers from the DSS, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC); and we advice everyone on camp to be security conscious.
“The NYSC Director-General, Brig.-Gen. Sule Kazaure has instructed that every camp he visits, he should be thoroughly searched, and so anyone who visits must be security compliant and must submit themselves to a search,” he added.
Other plans, he said also included the sensitisation of corps members on the importance of learning one or more skills in order to build their capacities and reduce their dependence on white collar jobs.
Abdulrazak said that this would greatly help the country curb the rising level of unemployment.
He said that the scheme was expecting more than 3,000 prospective corps members to register for the one year national service in the FCT.