The authority of the National Youth Service Corps says it has paid N1.8m for surgical procedures carried out on a ‘corper’ who had sustained spinal cord injury in a road accident during the Christmas season.
The NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen. Suleiman Kazaure, spoke after visiting a youth corps member, Godwin Ejike, at Memfys Neurosurgery Hospital, in Enugu.
Ejike, who is serving in Kogi State, sustained spinal cord injury in a road accident on December 20, 2016, while on his way home for the Christmas and New Year festivities.
Kazaure also seized the occasion to warn corps members against ‘unnecessary’ journeys during their service year.
He said the agency had offset the bills incurred in the corps member’s treatment.
According to him, the agency paid about N1.8m for Ejike’s surgery.
Warning corps members against frequent journeys, he said, “You know my key agenda is the welfare of my corps members and that is the main reason we are here, to see what we can do for him to solve the problem.
“He is a corps member serving in Kogi and he was involved in a road accident in Enugu.
“He sustained a spinal cord injury, we heard about it and the money the hospital charged was very huge; the family cannot shoulder it, so the NYSC decided to take it up.
“They have done the surgery and we are hopeful that, very soon, he will get out of the situation.
“We paid about N1.8m, and I will always emphasise that ‘corpers’ should, as much as possible, avoid unnecessary journeys.”
The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Sam Ohaegbulam, who carried out the surgery, disclosed that the patient was brought to the hospital after a road accident.
“We found out that he had cervical spine injury, which resulted to complete paralysis of his hands and legs.
“His condition was too critical for immediate surgical intervention and we had to do resuscitation, applying the measures that were necessary to make the surgery safer because if we had acted as an emergency, we would have lost him.
“There was so much swelling in the spinal cord,” Ohaegbulam explained.
Earlier, the NYSC DGl had declared open a three-day training workshop for the South-East Zone on biometric clearance of corps members.