By Oswald Agwu
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Ebonyi State has incorporated measures aimed at preventing Coronavirus and Lassa Fever in its ongoing orientation of 2020 Batch A Corps members.
The State Coordinator of the scheme, Ann Ibe disclosed at the state’s permanent orientation Camp, Afikpo, Ebonyi State, during the swearing-in ceremony of the new corps members
According to Ibe, the measures included both sensitization and practical behaviours aimed at arming the Corps members with the requisite information on the two deadly viral diseases and ways of preventing infection.
Noting that the action followed global concerns on the outbreak of the viruses in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Mrs Ibe cautioned the Corps members to avail themselves of the benefits of the Scheme’s collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control as well as the Federal Ministry of Health to stay free from the viruses.
Mrs Ibe explained: “Following the outbreak of Coronavirus, the National Youth Service Corps as a proactive measure, embarked on far reaching actions in order to guard against the contraction of the deadly virus by corps members”
“Accordingly, the scheme had been in constant touch with Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, as well as the Federal Ministry of Health which have been playing very supportive roles by lending technical support to the scheme”
“It is gratifying to note that infrared thermometers, as well as hand sanitizers, wash hand basins and soaps have been provided in all the 37 NYSC Secretariats and at strategic locations at orientation camps of the scheme nationwide”
“Similarly, sensitization leaflets on Lassa Fever and Coronavirus have been shared to all 2020 Batch A Corps Members currently undergoing Orientation course, so as to arm them with the requisite information on the viruses and how to prevent infection,”
Governnor David Umahi, represented by the State Commissioner for Sport and Youth Development, Charles Akpuenika, charged the Corps members to be catalysts for development of the state and the country.
He further urged them to take the training and orientation seriously while assuring them of their safety and protection throughout their stay in the State.
Umahi summed: “I want to assure you that your security is guaranteed anywhere in Ebonyi State as the government has put in place necessary measures to ensure that you have a conducive environment to fully actualise your dream of serving our fatherland and contributing your quota to the development of the state.”.
Meanwhile, the newly posted Corps members to the state, numbering 1, 900 were administered the Oath of Allegiance by the state Chief Judge, Justice Anselem Nwigwe who was represented at the event by Justice Benson Ogbu of the State High Court.
Out of the 1900 new Corps members, 969 are females while 931 are males.