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Hidden fact about Kano’s deceased corps member

A medical report has unfolded that the late corps member of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Ifedolapo Oladepo, who died at the National Youth Service Corps orientation camp in Kano, had renal sepsis (disease that cause pus in the heart).

From the result of investigation, the doctor concluded that the deceased “had kidney infection, probably due to untreated urinary tract infection.”

The Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung and Director General of the NYSC, Brig-General Suleiman Kazaure, while presenting the report on Tuesday in Abuja, reiterated the government’s commitment to safety of corps members.

While presenting the report of the committee set up to unravel the immediate and remote causes of their deaths, Kazaure attributed Ifedolapo Oladepo’s death to her “refusal to disclose an ailment she had been battling with before resuming to camp.”

He said, “It is clear that the deceased had an ailment which she did not disclose. From the doctors’ report, the corps member died of renal sepsis occasioned by infection.

“Even, to the untrained, kidney infections do not develop and degenerate to the level of mortality in three days (i.e 7th to 29th November, 2016).

“The deceased first appeared at the camp clinic with complaints of headache and fever, which she said she had been experiencing for two days.

“On examination, the doctors on duty noticed rashes on her legs, which she claimed started appearing as a result of her use of a second-hand knickers she bought without first washing it.

“Doctors noticed increase in the rashes on her legs, the deceased still dismissed it as a reaction to usage of a second-hand knicker. By this time, she had been vomiting. Therefore, she was admitted at the camp clinic and treated with Drazamol injection and Piriton to soothe her body pains as she was already on malaria drugs.”

A report from PUNCH stated that three corps members, Chinyerum Nwenenda Elechi, Ifedolapo Oladepo and Monday Asuquo Ukeme deployed to Bayelsa, Kano and Zamfara states respectively, had recently died during the on-going 2016 Batch ‘B’ (Stream I) orientation programme.

But the death of Oladepo on November 29, 2016, a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, had been generating ripple, with family members accusing NYSC of negligence.

The NYSC DG added that the deceased was immediately referred to Gwarzo General Hospital for further treatment, where, after examination, “the doctor concluded that the deceased had kidney infection probably due to untreated urinary tract infection.”

According to him, Oladepo gave up the ghost after she had been stabilised for the long journey to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital for immediate dialysis.

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