Corps member Ifedolapo’s death: Police probe indicts NYSC for negligence
The National Youth Service Corps has been indicted for negligence by the Nigerian police over the death of youth corps member, Ifedapo Oladepo, who died at the National Youth Service Corps Orientation camp in Kano last November.
A preliminary report of the probe stated that the NYSC was to blame for delaying the evacuation of the youth corps member to the General Hospital, Gwazo, Kano, until it was too late.
Punch reports that a source, familiar with the probe being conducted by the Special Investigation Panel headed by a retired Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Ali Amodu, explained that theinvestigators relied on the medical files of the deceased, including evidence from the NYSC officials and the medical personnel at the hospital where Oladepo was certified dead.
The investigation, he said, found that the deceased was not properly diagnosed before she was given injections and drugs by a youth corps doctor in the orientation camp in Kano. “Her situation had become unmanageable before she was brought to the General Hospital and that was why they couldn’t manage her any longer.
She was initially treated for malaria, but the fact is that she wasn’t properly diagnosed. Instead of a proper diagnosis, they were treating her for malaria,” the source explained.Oladepo, a First Class graduate of Transport Management and a member of the NYSC ‘batch B’, d ied during the scheme’s orientation programme in Kano on November 29, 2016.
She was buried on December 1 in Osogbo at her family’s residence.It was gathered that the Amodu-led investigators interrogated the Chief Medical Officer, Kano General Hospital, Gwazo, as well as the corps doctor that first treated Oladepo.
It was learnt that the panel also analysed the deceased medical files and spoke to NYSC camp officials before arriving at a definite conclusion of negligence by the NYSC in the death of the LAUTECH graduate.The source stated,“The report of the investigation is being finalised now, but from all indications, there is negligence on the part of the NYSC.