NYSC denies mandating corps members to undergo ‘expensive’ medical check up, vaccination

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[NYSC]–The National Youth Service Corp, NYSC, has denied reports making the rounds on social media that it has mandated all prospective corps members to undergo a compulsory medical checkups amounting to N11,000 before going into their various camps.

There have been reports that the management of the scheme had demanded that all PCMs are to compulsorily present a copy of their HIV, genotype, blood group, HBsaG, PCV, HCV, and Urinalysis.

However, in an interview with DAILYPOST, an official of NYSC, who would not want his name mentioned told  that there is no truth in the report.

According to him, “Although we NYSC have advised prospective corps members to make their health status known for various reasons mostly for their own good, no one mandated them to spend their money,” he said.

Similarly, the Federal Government has waded into the uproar emanating from confusion over the requirement for meningitis immunisation, as recommended by the Directorate of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.

Dr Lawal Bakare, the Technical Assistant, Communication, NCDC, speaking with Vanguard, said “A meeting has been called between the NCDC, FMOH, and NPHCDA and the NYSC on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The NYSC cannot unilaterally do anything on vaccines; even the NCDC cannot make pronouncements on vaccines because we are not custodians of vaccines. That is the duty of the NPHCDA.”

Recall that NYSC had updated its portal stating that Corps Members “the NYSC Directorate, on its Portal, stated that in addition to mandatory medical examinations carried out at government hospitals including Military hospitals, Prospective Corps Members “are encouraged as a matter of priority to be immunised against cerebrospinal meningitis before reporting to camp.

“If you recall the old National Programme of Immunisation, NPI, has been moved into the NHPCDA as custodians of vaccines in Nigeria. It was moved several years back and that is why anything on immunisation in Nigeria is under the NHPCDA, so nobody else has authority to manage these things.

“We are going to meet with them on Wednesday and will issue a joint statement just to make sure we are on the same page. If they want the immunisation to be done at the NYSC camp, that can be arranged, so that as the Corpers come in, the vaccines would be administered to them,” he said.

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