As part of government’s efforts in assisting Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has said it will deploy serving medical corps members (doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical professionals) to IDP camps nationwide for their primary assignments.
The Director General of NYSC, Brig. Gen. Sule Kazaure, made this known Thursday while flagging-off the NYSC intervention programme at Damare IDPs camp in Yola, saying medical personnel and other professionals would be posted to the camps to offer healthcare services and educational needs.
Kazaure said that the deployment of the corps members to the camps was part of the scheme’s design to bring succour to the inmates at the centre, and also intended to compliment government’s efforts towards provision of the welfare needs of members of IDPs nationwide.
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The scheme will therefore deploy the services of corps professionals such as medical doctors, nurses, pharmacist, etc to the centre to assist Federal Government in the provision of medical and other sundry needs of the IDPs.
Corps members will specifically be participating in medical outreaches, environmental sanitation, educational intervention and general awareness creation on healthy living, Kazuare said.
Describing the flag-off of the intervention programme as his major official assignment outside Abuja, The NYSC Boss said it was an indication of the importance the NYSC attached to the plight of the IDPs. The scheme would use the opportunity provided by the programme to distribute food items and other materials to the IDPs.
Brig-Gen. Kazaure further urged other wealthy Nigerians and corporate organisations to assist government in rehabilitating IDPs in the country. He commended the military, NEMA, Red Cross, NGOs and various faith based organisations for their contributions to welfare of IDPs.
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Gov. Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa and the State Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Sa’ad Bello, lauded NYSC for the gesture, which according to them reflected one of the objectives of the scheme.