The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Bauchi State has confirmed the death of the 28-year-old corps member, Magdalene Yohanna, who died after she collapsed during the batch A orientation exercise.
The Service corps also debunked media reports that they deliberately covered up Magdelene’s death.
Bauchi Coordinator of the NYSC, Afolayan James, explained to Journalist on Thursday that Magdelene lied in her medical report she submitted to the NYSC during her registration.
His exact words were “Corps member, Yohanna, reported to camp full of enthusiasm and zeal to serve her fatherland in Bauchi State. Therefore, the corps member did not indicate any health challenge in the registration documents she completed and neither did she complain of Asthma on arrival in the camp.
Furthermore, the medical certificate of fitness presented by the corps member gave her a clean bill of health.”
Mr James said Magdelene participated in all activities in the camp willingly without being forced to do so. She partook in the morning meditation which in any NYSC orientation camp does not involve any strenuous activities as it only involved rendition of the National Anthem and other simple activities.
“It was while this was on that it was noticed she was uncomfortable, and medical officials on standby moved her with the NYSC ambulance to the clinic where she was attended to by corps doctors and the resident doctor from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) in Bauchi. The doctor who is more experienced on examining her commenced treatment for ulcer based on the complaint of pain in the chest and lower abdomen. He also effected 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 challenge of ulcer and that she was discharged from hospital in December 2018, after undergoing treatment.”
According to James, NYSC and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital encouraged the family to allow an autopsy to be carried out on her but it was declined in writing with appreciation for the efforts made to save her life.
James revealed that making a statement on the dead corps member would be opening deep wounds.