Not less than eleven members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have tested positive for coronavirus Taraba State Orientation camp, the State Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai has disclosed.
The commissioner who made the disclosure while briefing journalists in Jalingo, the state capital on Tuesday, said the corps members who tested positive are confirmed asymptomatic and are responding to treatment at an isolated centre in the state.
The Commissioner explained that the corp members were tested based on the directives by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) that all members of the scheme should be tested on arrival at various orientation camps.
The 11 corps members were discovered with the virus in Taraba State on arrival at the camp.
”So as part of the guidelines of the presidential task force on COVID-19 on the control of COVID-19 in Nigeria, they asked every state to carry out mass testing of all corps members present in camps and in Taraba state eleven corps members tested positive, but all of them were asymptomatic, that is to say, they are not showing symptoms,” he said.
”Since they are positive, the onus lies on the health authorities to ensure that they were quarantined.
”Based on the information I have so far received, they are all doing well and will soon reunite with their family as the camp closes.”
Vakkai, who is also the Chairman Taskforce committee on COVID-19 in the state expressed sadness with the lack of compliance to the safety measures by residents of the state to reduce community transmission.
He insisted that there is a waiting danger ahead if the negligence is not curtailed.
He called on residents to exercise restraint and caution, especially during this Yuletide season