Ekiti Health Commissioner visits State’s NYSC Camp – Introduces new Fellowship for Medical Professionals

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The Ekiti State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure the safe re-opening of various aspects of the society, as Nigeria continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the state has announced plans to introduce a new fellowship as part of the NYSC year in Ekiti, to strengthen the capacity of early-career medical professionals.

The Commissioner for Health and Human Services Dr Oyebanji Filani made this known when he led a delegation from the Ekiti State Ministry of Health and Human Services, to the State’s NYSC Orientation camp at Ise-Ekiti.

In order to ensure the safety and wellbeing of corp members and other members of the camp community, the State Ministry of Health in collaboration with NYSC and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) introduced various public health and safety measures. Prior to the opening of the camp, the State Ministry of Health carried out an assessment exercise as well as training of officials on infection prevention and control. In addition, a screening process was introduced to ensure that only corp members and officials who test negative to COVID-19 are allowed into the camp.

The Honourable Commissioner reminded corp members and officials of the risk Nigeria still faces with the COVID-19 pandemic and applauded their adherence to public health and safety measures. He met with the COVID-19 Vanguard, a group of corp members that has been established to ensure that corp members wear their face masks properly, maintain physical measures and other recommendations to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

As one of the strategies to address the low number of corp members who complete their NYSC year in Ekiti State, the Ekiti State Ministry of Health and Human Services has established a new NYSC Fellowship for Medical Professionals. Dr. Filani also introduced this fellowship to the corp members during his visit.

He said “Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of young people in the health sector, improve the retention of NYSC medical professionals posted to Ekiti State and utilise this resource in improving quality of care in the state. For the first year, the programme is targeted at medical doctors, pharmacists, nurses & dentists who are posted by NYSC to Ekiti. We will review this to include more health workers in the coming years.”

The Ekiti state NYSC coordinator, Mrs Mary Nnenna Chikezie, appreciated the Ekiti State Government under Dr Kayode Fayemi and the Ministry of Health delegation for the collaboration in ensuring the safety of corp members and officials.

In her vote of thanks, a corps member Ms Ephraim Mary appreciated the Honourable Commisioner for Health and his delegation for their dedication in ensuring the safety and growth of corp members posted to Ekiti State and promised that they would reciprocate the good gesture by serving diligently.

At the visit, the Ministry of Health provided additional medical supplies to the camp including face masks, goggles gown, disposable gowns, heavy duty, gloves and boots.

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