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NYSC Camp Management Had nothing to do with Corps Member’s Death – Official

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The deceased, Oladepo Ifedolapo

The deceased, Oladepo Ifedolapo

The National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) on Friday reacted to the death of a Corps Member, Ifedolapo Oladepo, a First Class graduate of Transport Management, from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) at its orientation camp in Kano.

Kano State Coordinator of NYSC, Abdullahi Baba, in an exclusive interview with Vanguarddistanced the Camp management from the Corper Member’s death.

“We have nothing to do with her death, the records and the file are there, the Doctors that treated her at the camp are there likewise those that treated her in her at the Government hospital.

Anything outside this account is falsehood and people are free to hold opinion whether positive or negative but the beautiful things are that the records there for anyone to access.

Her case was handled by professional and I believe they know better,” he said.

He also said that the late Corps Member died in a Government hospital.

“The truth of the matter was that the Corps Member did not die at the camp, she died in the hospital. She was sick, treated at the camp clinic, and when she was not responding, she was taken to second facility hospital at Gwarzo General hospital.

I have reported the matter to my Head office, she was handled by our doctors in the camp before she was transferred to Government hospital,” he said.

 

36 Comments

  1. Sigh!

    December 2, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    Sadly, the news said the same thing. What Mr Baba left out was how long it took for her to be transferred, what treatment was given to her, and at what time.
    Such a terrible defense!
    May God comfort her family and loved ones. May she rest in peace!

  2. Darius

    December 2, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    NYSC officials are culpably responsible for her death. Nothing they say or do will absolve them of responsibility for her death. Anyone who has served should know what an orientation camp is like. There is a dearth of essential drugs. The food is tasteless and not fit for human consumption. The hostels are overcrowded. Things are ridiculously expensive, and the bathroom is hell. We had to attend long, boring, useless lectures and the NYSC officials were very rude. Parade in the sun was something else. Do I want NYSC scrapped? Hell no! It was fun! Bonfire night, Carnival, inter-platoon competition, sports, meeting interesting people and making friends. It was fun!

  3. A Real Nigerian

    December 2, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    What kind of insensitive and irresponsible statement is this?

  4. Bey

    December 2, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    They must always deny. What more is expected.
    NYSC should just be scrapped, or people with medical conditions such as Asthma, epilepsy, sickle cell and other sensitive conditions should be exempted. Too many of these sad cases.
    If it’s not illness, it’s religious killings, if it’s not that it’s accidents.
    I did only 5days in the my own camp and it was hell I tell you. Worst experience of my life.
    We slept outside the 1st night bcos there were no available rooms, outside asin pavement of a make shift classroom.
    2nd day dos classrooms we’re converted to rooms. No fan, no net, no beds or mattress. We just spread our covers on d bare floors.
    3rd day finally mattresses came, rooms were so smelly and humid, no fan.
    On the 5th day I was done, started getting sick,dehydrated, disoreintated sef bcos Iv never lived in such conditions and all sorts so I left and settled to get my certificate later.
    I just cldnt handle living like that.
    Now there is recession I can just imagine less money will be budgeted and allocated for NySc.

    • nene

      December 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm

      people with medical conditions get exempted, you just have to write a letter. i didn’t go to camp because of a medical condition.

    • Toluwalope

      December 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Pls can you kindly educate me more on how to go about the exemption based on health ground? Thanks

    • Darius

      December 2, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      People with medical conditions are exempted, but they keep coming to camp because they don’t want to miss out on the fun. A lot of pregnant women came to camp. I couldn’t help but wonder. The commandant had to force them and others with medical conditions to leave.

    • o

      December 2, 2016 at 11:41 pm

      Yes but some times issues come up. My letter from unilag medical centre didn’t come out early enough. By the time it did, it was too late and I was posted to Kwara state. I had to go coz I had spent year already waiting for posting. So most go and redeploy after camp.

    • o

      December 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      @ Tolulope. You go through the medical centre in your school. They will write a letter that will be forwarded to NYSC

    • Darius

      December 2, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      @Bey, I didn’t go through half of what you went through. Where did you serve? Just curious!

    • Uberhaute looks

      December 2, 2016 at 8:56 pm

      Thankfully you had the means to settle people. I was sick throughout, no drugs at the sick bay, I had no money, we had to protest before we were given our #1500 allowance.
      Our Egusi soup was water and oil, okro soup was nothing to write home about, beans gave me diarrhea and in all, I was posted to Isi-ala ngwa North where there is the legendary tale (not tale anyways) of cannibalism.
      I thank God he spared my life but this response up there is outright callous and lacks empathy! I weep for Nigeria, we seem to have totally lost the little humanity left in us as a nation.

    • Oyinlola

      December 2, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Did you serve in Edo state? Cos Okada camp is the worst place ever… It was a secondary school that turns to NYSC camp every batch and the school students are sent to God knows where till the 3 weeks are over. No usable toilets or bathroom, free entry and exit into the camp cos all the fences were broken (but I was too born again to sneak out even though I have family members and friends in Igbinedion Uni that was opposite the camp).
      It was crazy and was fun too and I’m glad I served, I discovered purpose so in as much as I didn’t like the living conditions, it’s a year I’ll never forget.
      May the souls of all the deceased Corp members rest in peace, Amen

  5. Angel

    December 2, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    I read that she had anaphylactic reaction after an injection was administered in camp.The head of camp clinic should be an experience doctor,who can monitor the Corper doctors.

    • cristen

      December 3, 2016 at 10:29 am

      Clinic director is usually an official and not a medical personnel.
      Well that was the case in my camp though

  6. Libby

    December 2, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    What a remorseless response!!! Absolute idiot. Even if the NYSC doctors (if you can call them that) had no role to play in it, could that statement not have been worded differently with a little bit of respect for the family and the deceased ? Such a shame. Nigeria has a very long way to go.

  7. Spunky

    December 2, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    From the statement, one can see how irresponsible they are. Shift the blame all you want…you just caused this young lady her life.

  8. OA

    December 2, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    In tort law, a defendant can only be held liable for injuring a plaintiff if the defendant’s negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries. There must be a direct link between the negligent behavior and the injury so that the behavior is both the cause in fact and the proximate cause of the injury.
    (curbed from the Internet).

    That is how some people go around embarrassing themselves. He is trying to suggest that an intervening cause (i.e. that the govt. hospital’s act/omission) was responsible for her death. He totally left out the fact that they “caused” the downward spiral of events when they negligently gave her an injection (that she vigorously reacted to – failed to take any possible allergies of the victim into consideration OR drug might have even expired…who knows?). He also failed to mention as someone stated that it took several hours before they transported her to the govt. hospital. He also failed to mention that the hospital personnel “believed” she was pretending because she did not want to participate in the parade so they purposefully did not take her seriously.

    Mr. Baba, please don’t be ignorant. That you transferred her to a subsequent health facility where she died does not absolve you of any liability. All facts indeed point to the fact that the NYSC camp despite its ability or lack thereof to provide whatever available care (given the reasonable care expectation that doctors in an ordinary health care facility in an ordinary NYSC camp with like qualifications could provide) should have immediately transferred the patient to a better equipped hospital.

    They should even file criminal charges against the medical personnel who were present but failed to attend to the deceased simply because they “intentionally” neglected her cries for help. Come seize her phone on top am! Haah! Ikunle abiamo oh! (A mother’s anguish)!

  9. Idomagirl

    December 2, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    What a callous statement.
    Wicked man.

  10. BigTee

    December 2, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Let me paraphrase the statement, ” we did what we can, she died, it is not our fault, go and blame someone else “…. NYSC steady sacrificing young people, until today no justice for those killed during 2011 election in Bauchi, Kaduna and Maiduguri……

  11. Marlvina

    December 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    It’s really unfortunate hearing this. Sad! And obviously they will never take up responsibility, so typical of Nigerians. Mshewwww! See the way they’re issuing out a statement, implying that the medical team responded to her ill health, is the girl alive to confirm that? Smh! They probably had quickly falsified medical records showing she was attended to, just to cover up their end. Yeye ppl!

  12. concerned9a

    December 2, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Told ya..9jas % empathy levels…what a cold statement…devoid of any compassion…would he have uttered same if it were his own daughter? ?
    We have to make all Govtrelated services culpable for their negligence. ..we got social media..it’s a powerful tool…let’s not just sit and type RIP…time to act!!…

  13. o

    December 2, 2016 at 11:39 pm

    Very insensitive, callous statement. They don’t even care…. Mschewwwwww

  14. Riley

    December 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    I’m still trying to understand why we still have NYSC.

  15. tunmi

    December 3, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Yes it is insensitive. And as he stated, the records are there. Where are the investigative journalists to look into this matter? It’s okay BN, you can bring the reports once they are done

  16. Odufa

    December 3, 2016 at 2:20 am

    I think this girls death is more spiritual than physical. In my batch a girl ran mad ?. In camp corpers should help themselves, my LGI back then, will always say use ur sense, if u die during NYSC life will still continue. But that is not to say that the government shouldn’t step up in handling the affairs of NYSC.

    • Marlvina

      December 3, 2016 at 6:28 am

      Are you God? More spiritual how? You saw her in your spirit realm? Mshewww!

  17. Sense

    December 3, 2016 at 2:43 am

    I don’t know if it’s me but I don’t get any sense of sympathy or remorse. A life was lost !!!! Too bad. Naija must do better. Just imagine.

  18. Olu

    December 3, 2016 at 3:43 am

    “she was handled by our doctors in the camp before she was transferred to Government hospital,” he said.”

    The girl died because of the injection given to her by the doctor at the camp! Anaphylactic shock due to the injection that could have been treated with ADRENALINE!!! That was all the poor girl needed to stay alive!

    She had rash all over her body within seconds and her tongue started rolling over; all signs of anaphylactic shock!

    I cannot believe a MEDICAL DOCTOR in Nigeria, in 2016, doesn’t know how to treat this! So shameful.
    I hope somebody fights for this family to get justice on the mad doctor that killed their child.

  19. shola

    December 3, 2016 at 8:04 am

    I think it is high time this NYSC need to either scraped or pay more attentions to. It doesn’t fulfill it purpose again . instead it is death trap . idiot NYSC officer issues such statement could it be your daughter?
    Or any senators daughter? Or camp commandant daughter thinking she is pretending , bullshit

  20. bonnie gee

    December 3, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Dnt mind dem dahz ow dey do. i remembrd wen i campd in Abia, durin d drills i told d soldier i cnt do a particular one due health issues n i actually did odas o, e said i must n aff 2 do it. which i forcefully did n believed me within sec i was off *fainted* i woke up afta abt 20-30 minz (so i was told). mum worked my redeplymnt immediately……. let nysc b optional n am sure mny pple wil stil go.. its fun dou buh den dey shud try save our lives #letdyounglive#

    • Ngobeke

      December 5, 2016 at 4:14 pm

      Wow!! I love the way you write.

  21. shola

    December 3, 2016 at 8:45 am

    the NYSC anthem, it was the clarion call they answered to, it was not convenient for them in any way to travel from the south of the country to the north – especially in the case of Udeme Sunday and Ifedolapo Oladepo. But the question we should all answers is this: did the nation which they gave their all heed their own call when they needed help? This is especially visible in the case of Oladepo, she tried her best to convey her message even in a helpless situation, holding on to life, but somehow the system let go off the rope… as usual.

    Their death is avoidable, Ifedolapo held on for several hours, tried to reach out to her own people when the Scheme failed her, but she could not hold on forever; Udeme who died in Zamfara never wanted to go in the first place, call it a premonition, but irrespective of our thoughts, his premonition was borne out of the understanding of the context and efficacy of the NYSC scheme. The same for Elechi who died earlier in the Bayesla camp. Udeme died after suffering from diarrhea, Ifedolapo’s case became complicated when she was reportedly administered an unknown injection at the camp, Elechi was said to have died from bleeding and vomiting.

    A critical look at the NYSC camp would reveal a scheme that has nothing in stock for the welfare of the corps members. Everything good about the NYSC scheme is more in books than in reality. Most of the camps are located in remote communities that are far away from standard medical centres. The Scheme in each state is haphazardly organized, especially at the level of the orientation camp, there is no competent or experienced medical officer who coordinates the activities of the camp doctors, there are no emergency arrangements, there is no qualified resident doctor or doctors and most times, the scheme in each state does not even have any immediate arrangement with hospitals to cater for any unforeseen circumstances.

    The so called doctors that attended to Ifedolapo in the camp were also corps members like her. Yet it is the number of cases a medical doctor has handled and experienced that determines competence. A typical NYSC sick bay is just an austere room with few beds and first aid box. The so called doctors are fellow corps members who are just leaving medical school and have little or no experience when it comes to handling much more complicated cases.

    Sometimes we wonder if our leaders still believe in the NYSC scheme. The response system in the NYSC camps across the country is nothing to write home about, everything that Ifedolapo wrote back home, this can only happen in a country where you would have to book an appointment to see a common local government chairman or even a counselor, or else, one wonders if the camp is too big for the State coordinator who is resident within the period to monitor, even if it were the sick bay he makes a priority, things like this would have been averted. But most times, the state coordinator is holed up in his or her office.

    Then we talk about the tedious exercises that are not fit for every corps members, the dilapidated infrastructures within the camps. Corps members sometimes have to come with their own bed or even buy one. The camp toilets, food, and water are nothing to write home about. The state of most of the orientation camps coupled with the strenuous drills could cause ailment. According to reports, Udeme suffered from diarrhea before his death. Diarrhea is an infectious disease which could be caused by food poisoning.

    It is high time we rethink the NYSC scheme because it is no longer orientation camps but death camps; the death of the three corps members is one which is avoidable if the necessary things had been put in place. Rethinking the NYSC scheme has to be a holistic one, and it is important that in the process, we must not continue to sacrifice the life of young people on the stable of gross incompetence.

    If we had the opportunity to choose between the lives of these three heroes and the NYSC scheme, we would not hesitate to do away with the scheme. The bottom line is, if the scheme is no longer expedient or has served its purpose and no longer needed, we should bid it farewell.

  22. me

    December 3, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I served In awgu camp Enugu, they had no Hall, the only Hall facility they had was a Catholic Church that cannot sit more than a 100 people. and they rest of us who don’t get a sit inside the hall had to sit under the sun for hours for their horrible lecture. I was constantly having headache and when you go to the clinic they will send you back to the sun. It was horrible. Didn’t enjoy their camp for anything jaree. That their camp clinic sef na story for another day. NYSC should be scrapped except that people will loose their jobs.

  23. pandora'sbox

    December 3, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Everyone here is quoting law.. I’m here trying not to laugh. In which Nigeria are you quoting that law? have you ever witnessed a case where an ordinary man sued a big/government corporation in Nigeria and won? people should only think of realistic ways to help the poor or middle class in this country. You think if it was Dangote’s son that died due to NYSC’s negligence, this idiot will issue this nonsense he calls a statement? Until Nigerians collectively learn the value of human life, the poor masses will continue to suffer. Later someone will tell me that after my poor mother has used all her savings to send me to school abroad, I should come back and do NYSC? or even worse work in this country? when there are people who support this NYSC’s statement ? That was how my family friend studied medicine in the US but because of “I want to serve my country” he came back to Nigeria to work at the national hospital Abuja. One of his superior’s without checking the patient’s folder, injected her with a medication she was allergic to, if not for my friend’s quick intervention, the girl would have died. But that’s not even the sad part, the sad part was, the superior and other superiors were more concerned that my friend “had the guts to correct/ change” what a superior did. Can you imagine? isn’t medicine supposed to be able saving human life? I just can’t deal with Nigeria again.

  24. chy

    December 4, 2016 at 6:21 am

    NYSC is useless and should be scrapped. I barely managed to make it through the camp. I was always sick, one day I just packed my bags and left. I never bothered to go back and I have no atom of regrets for my decision. Who youth service epp.

  25. emmyy

    December 4, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I swear if na me…..i go burn down nysc sectarait for kano even they camp for they burn up till now…..rip babe

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