Covid-19

Awgu Camp, 36 others certified for new NYSC orientation

Awgu is one of 37 camps certified by Presidential Task Force (PTF) on Covid-19 for NYSC orientation training, officials said.

PTF approved orientation programme for 2020 Batch “B” Stream 1A to kick-off today, 10 November 2020, in certified camps nationwide.

The Task Force said its professionals worked with NYSC health personnel to ready the camps for new batch of partcipatants.

Each camp comes equipped with a COVID-19 sample collection point, an ambulance, adequate water supply, hand-washing stations, and well-spaced beds.

PTF National Coordinator, Dr. Sani Aliyu, said in the statement that adequate spacing will also be maintained for other camp facilities.

He urged Federal and State health authorities to continue to collaborate to ensure successful health management of NYSC Orientation Camps.

As he put it:

“The Orientation Camps are significant in terms of COVID-19 prevention and management.

“The camps represent a large gathering of persons in a demographic most susceptible to COVID-19 infections.

“We have to ensure that everyone in these camps follow prevention protocols to protect themselves and their colleagues as well as those they will return home to.”

With resurgence of the pandemic in Europe and America, PTF advised more caution as schools and other institutions re-open.

Guidelines for Awgu, certified camps

Dr. Sani advised participants to strictly adhere to the NYSC published safety guidelines by complying strictly with date of reporting.

Participants will undergo temperature checks on arrival, show up with at least two washable facemasks, and always wear masks properly.

They will also observe physical distancing in camp activities, regularly wash hands with soap or use hand sanitizers, Aliyu said.

Government hurriedly shut down NYSC orientation camps in March 2020 as the new Coronavirus made a landfall in Nigeria.

The PTF also briefly toyed with the idea of converting the camps at Awgu and the 36 other locations to Covid-19 isolation centres.