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Abia govt denies having COVID-19 patients among serving corps members

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By Joe Akwarandu, Umuahia

The Abia state government says there is no record of COVID-19 case with any serving corps member in the state as erroneously reported few days ago.

The Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, who briefed newsmen on the erroneous impression regarding corps members that recently passed out of the state orientation camp, said that government was satisfied with the measures put in place by the NYSC management in the camp.

Chief Okiyi Kalu noted that all corps members and visitors to the camp were subjected to COVID-19 test right from the gate of the camp, using the RDT test kit, adding that 4 out of the 5 persons, who tested positive with the RDT test kit have been treated and discharged at the state owned facility at Amachara.

He noted that the earlier report of 6 COVID-19 patients from the NYSC Camp was contrary to the Standard PCR testing facility at Amachara, adding that the Abia state government would continue to collaborate with the NYSC management at the state and federal levels with a view to ensuring that corps members posted to the state are COVID-19 free.

The commissioner noted that a total of 1181 persons were tested using the RDT test kit in the camp. Out of this number, 973 of them are corps members and 208 are workers in the camp.

Contributing, the Abia state director of the National Youth Service Corps, Lady Bona Fashakin, insisted that the Abia state orientation camp is COVID-19 free as they have consistently subjected all corps members and staff to compulsory test before entry into the camp; while all the COVID-19 protocols are being observed.

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