11 members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme have tested positive for COVID-19 in Taraba State Orientation camp.
Taraba State Commissioner of Health, Innocent Vakkai, who revealed this during a press briefing in Jalingo, said the corps members are asymptomatic and currently in quarantine at an isolation centre in the state.
Vikkai disclosed that the corp members were tested based on the directives of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Nigeria, that all corp members must be tested on arrival.
In his words,
”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.
”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.”
The health commissioner also expressed sadness with the non-compliance to the safety measures by residents of the state to reduce community transmission, which he said might lead to a dangerous situation.