The Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has revealed that no NYSC orientation camp will be closed in any part of the country — even if Covid-19 cases were recorded in the camps.
Dr Ihekweazu’s said, “There is an unlikelihood that National Youth Service Corps – NYSC orientation camps will be shut down if a case of #COVID19 is detected. We have streamlined strategic procedures to manage cases if detected.”
This was shared on NCDC’s official Facebook page yesterday (Saturday November 7, 2020) amidst rumours that a second lockdown may be declared.
According to NCDC, over 200 new cases of Covid-19 was reported on Friday (November 6, 2020). The body has blamed the spike in new infections on the #EndSARS protests which rocked many parts of the country in October.
Although there were no spikes during and after the Edo and Ondo 2020 gubernatorial elections where campaigns were held and people trooped out with politicians — flouting the compulsory facemask wearing and social distancing measures earlier put up.
The DG explained that all NYSC camps have been made to be Covid-19 compliant. There are isolation centers and facilities that can help manage and treat any infections right there in the camp.
NYSC has been directed to adhere to social distancing guidelines and other safety measures while in the camp.
A new batch of corps members is set to resume orientation camp following the passing out of the previous batches whose service year was interrupted by the Covid-19 lockdown.