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NYSC solicits pharmaceutical companies’ collaboration to sustain health initiative

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has urged pharmaceutical companies to collaborate with it, for sustenance of the scheme’s Health Initiative for Rural Dwellers (HIRD).

Mrs Yetunde Baderinwa, State Coordinator NYSC in Lagos, made the appeal on Tuesday at the swearing-in ceremony of 2022 Batch B, Stream 2 Corps members at the orientation camp, in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos.

It was gathered  that 2095 Corps members comprised of 1371 female and 724 male deployed to Lagos State were inducted into the scheme, having taken the oath of allegiance.Baderinwa said that most people were busy chasing money in their business places and did not care about their health; even when they knew they were not feeling well, they just wanted to manage.

“We go to local communities with our professionals which include doctors, nurses, lab scientists and pharmacists, to attend to them as the case requires and give referral where necessary.

“HIRD has been a successful exercise in Lagos State communities and we really need support from drug manufacturing companies to keep affecting lives, because it has really been of great relief to the populace.

“The collaboration is necessary as we need regular supply of drugs which we give for free after attending to the people; this partnership will make the whole exercise easy and give access to more people,” she said.

Baderinwa urged the corps members to avail themselves of various programmes, be receptive, exhibit positivity and be willing to learn to increase their chances of performance after the orientation camp.

She noted that orientation camp exercises were active, hence corps members with pregnancies, nursing mothers and those with health challenges were given concession and exempted from participation.Also, Mrs Joyce Madaki, the 2022 Batch B, Stream 2 Camp Director, while addressing the corps members, advised them to key into the core values of the scheme, aimed at preparing them for leadership positions.

Madaki said the corps members would be exposed to lectures on key subjects, Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) advocacy trainings, paramilitary, physical exercises, games/sports and social activities.

“These trainings and activities are provided in relation to the aims and objectives of the scheme, which will equip you and make you a role model for upcoming youths.

“You should, therefore, be committed to all these camp activities, ensure you keep, comply and abide by all rules and regulations, as discipline is the watchword here,” she said.

Recalls that Justice Babatunde Kalaro, who represented the Chief Judge of Lagos State, administered the oath of allegiance on the corps members and directed them to recite the national pledge. (NAN)

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