OrderPaperToday – Following the death of Eva Amadi, a corps member posted to Kwara State, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Lanre Tejuosho (APC, Ogun), has revealed that the 2018 budget, when passed, will provide insurance for corps members.
Tejuosho disclosed this while contributing to a motion on the death of Miss Amadi on the floor of the Senate today.
He said: “I want to refer to the budget that we are passing today; that the issue of Youth Corpers in Nigeria is well highlighted. The introduction of 1% of the Consolidated Revenue Fund in this new budget will ensure that all the Youth Corpers are covered by the health insurance.
“At events like this (the case of Eva), you don’t need to rely on the doctors in camp. Every Youth Corper will be entitled to go to any hospital in the location of the local government that is covered by health insurance.”
The sponsor of the motion, Senator Andrew Uchendu (APC, Rivers), revealed that the corps member was participating in a Man O’ War ‘tug of war’ drill on April 23 when she twisted her knee. He, however, expressed disappointment at what he described as negligence on the part of NYSC authorities, which eventually led to her death.
According to Uchendu, after Eva’s injury, “members of her squad took her to the camp clinic. Camp officers paid no close attention to her during her stay at the clinic. Her friend asked to take her home but they demanded that her parents must come from Port-Harcourt to pick her up.
“On 24th April, as she was trying to move around, she fell and lost consciousness but was later resuscitated. Even when the doctors resolved to take her to Ilorin, that decision was not implemented. Neither the NYSC Camp commandant nor the Kwara State coordinator deemed it fit to visit Eva Amadi at the camp clinic.”
The Senate observed a minute silence in honour of the late Amadi, and then mandated its Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development to investigate the circumstances that led to her death.
Finally, the red chamber advised the national headquarters of the NYSC to ensure that only fully qualified medical practitioners are employed to work in NYSC camp clinics all over the country to prevent future deaths.