The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi State has affirmed the death of the 28-year-old corps member, Magdalene Yohanna, who died during the batch A orientation exercise, and also debunked media reports that the scheme deliberately covered up the incident.
The Bauchi Coordinator of the NYSC, Afolayan James, who made the affirmation and illumination in a media articulation made available to journalists in Bauchi on Thursday, clarified that the deceased lied in the medical report she submitted to the scheme during her registration.
according to James, “Corps member, Yohanna, answered to camp loaded with excitement and enthusiasm to serve her fatherland in Bauchi State. Along these lines, the corps part did not demonstrate any wellbeing challenge in the registration documents she completed and neither did she complain of Asthma on an entry in the camp.
“Moreover, the medical certificate of fitness presented by the corps member gave her a clean bill of health.”
He included that the morning meditation in any NYSC orientation camp does not include any strenuous exercises as it just involved rendition of the National Anthem and other straightforward exercises.
“It was while this was on that it was seen she was awkward, medical officials on standby moved her with the NYSC ambulance to the clinic where she was taken care of by corps doctors and the resident doctor from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in Bauchi. The doctor who is more experienced in examining her commenced treatment for ulcer based on the complaint of pain in the chest and lower abdomen. He also affected her immediate transfer to ATBUTH having assessed that her case should be referred to the hospital. Also, her brother who came to Bauchi on being informed of the unfortunate incident equally said she had a history of health challenges of ulcer and that she was discharged from hospital in December 2018, after undergoing treatment.
James noted further that the NYSC and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital urged the family to allow an autopsy examination to be completed yet it was declined recorded as a hard copy with a gratefulness for the endeavors made to spare her life.
On why there was no official statement by the NYSC officials on the death of the corps member during the closure of the orientation exercise, he said making a statement on it would be opening deep wounds.
source: Linda Ikeji.