The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has warned its members against hiding of their health challenges saying their ailments would not deprive them from serving their fatherland.
Mr Emmanuel Attah, the Osun state Coordinator of the NYSC gave this warning on Monday during the courtesy visit of the NYSC Director-General, Maj.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure to the Osun NYSC permanent Orientation Camp in Ede.
Attah said a total of 261 corps members, from 2019 Batch A, deployed to the state, were given instant relocation on health grounds. Others who were sent home after resumption of camping exercises included pregnant women and nursing mothers.
According to the state coordinator, 65 of those given redeployment were relocated because they were nursing mothers and pregnant women while 196 were redeployed based on health grounds.
He however said those redeployed on health grounds were initially given primary treatment in the camp before they were sent home and their respective states for more medical and parental attentions.
He said the state NYSC had been up and doing in making sure that corps members deployed to the state were given the best treatment while having a smooth and fruitful stay in the state.
“Our greatest challenge is the health fitness of corps members. Aside that they brought medical fitness forms to camp, we have to bring consultants from Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital to diagnose some of them. We discovered that some still hide their ailments but we thank God that is no major casualty.
” We discovered chronic ailments like asthma, epilepsy, sickle cell. I want to urge corps members to desist from hiding their health status. Your health challenge will not deprive you from serving. Always visit the clinic whenever you don’t feel fine,” Attach said.
The NYSC Director-General, while addressing the corps members in the camp, congratulated them for graduating and making it to the NYSC to serve their fatherland.
The DG, who was represented by Mr Leke Abiodun, NYSC Director of Internal Audit, warned the corps members to avoid frivolous and unauthorised traveling, stating that any corps member that want to travel must inform and seek permission from officials of the scheme.
He advised them to also maximize the entrepreneurial training the NYSC scheme has put in place, so that they could be independent and employers of labour after their service year, as white collar jobs were not readily available.
He said the scheme has established skill acquisition centres all over the country, tasking them to make use of this opportunity to learn and acquire skills and not waste their year of service not learning a vocation.
Kazaure equally task the corps members to respect the customs and tradition of their host communities, learn what they do and also comply with the traditions of their hosts in the course of their service.
“The DG is warning and appealing corps members to shun unauthorised trips. The service year is not for traveling. Always respect the customs and traditions of your host communities. Ensure you establish yourselves in your areas of service,” he said.