The National Youth Service Corps, NYSC has denied the claim that a corps member, Hilda Amadi, who reportedly died while participating in the ongoing orientation exercise in Kwara State received poor medical treatment.
Another corps member in the camp, who pleaded anonymity had claimed that there was no experienced medical doctor in the clinic at the time Amadi was taken there.
But the state Coordinator, NYSC, Remigius Amaefule, who spoke in a telephone chat with The PUNCH said NYSC prioritizes the safety and well being of corps members.
He said, “At this stage, what we need is to condole with the parents of the girl and let them know that we are very sorry for what happened.
“NYSC, being a responsible organisation, does not take the safety and well being of corps members lightly. Insinuations of an experienced doctor not being at the camp’s clinic when she was taken there are not true.
“A day before the commencement of camp, which is our normal practice, a consultant from the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital moves into camp with us. So a consultant had been there. The same consultant saw her, handled her case on that fateful day. It was the same consultant that took her to the General Hospital in Share and later to the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital.
“So there is no truth in any insinuation that there was no qualified doctor in the camp’s clinic.”
The deceased, a graduate of Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, was said to have suffered a bone fracture during a morning drill on April 23 before she was rushed to the clinic.