Late Oladepo Ifedolapo Rachael, a corps member of the 2016 Batch 'B' who died in Kano on the 29th November, was investigated to have died through a kidney infection probably due to untreated urinary tract infection (UTI), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) report has revealed.
Director General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure presented the report before the public Tuesday in Abuja when the Minister of Youths and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung paid a condolence visit.
Kazaure narrated that on the 27th of November at 5:00 pm, the deceased first appeared at the camp clinic with complaints of headache and fever which she said she had been experiencing for two days but on examination, the Doctors on duty noticed rashes on her legs which she claimed started appearing as a result of her use of a second-hand knicker she bought without first washing it.
He said that Doctors at the Camp clinic then treated her with Arthemeter 160mg, Piriton tablet and Paracetamol for the fever and malaria and released her to go back to the hostel.
At about 3:00 am the next day, he said the deceased was brought back to the Camp clinic by corps members who were her friends, with further complaints of vomiting and general body pains hence, after further examination, the Doctors on night duty noticed that the rashes on her legs had increased which the deceased still dismissed as reaction to usage of a second-hand knicker.
She was thereafter admitted at the Camp clinic and treated with Drazamol injection and Piriton to soothe her body pains as she was already on malaria drugs.
The report according to him explains that at about 8:00am on the 28th November, one Dr. Morowei Woyingo examined the deceased and inquired about any history of drug or food allergy which could have resulted in the rashes but she still insisted that it was a reaction from the use of second-hand clothes hence the Doctor thereafter administered hydrocortisone 200 mg for a start.
After that administration of treatment, the report disclosed that the Doctor proceeded to invite her other colleagues and they all converged by 9:00 am to further examine the deceased but they noticed that the fever and body pains had subsided but the rashes on her trunk and lower limb were still very obvious.
It was also revealed that in view of the treatment she had already taken and the vital body signs became normal, she should be placed on observation with iv fluid (normal saline) with the expectation that if the condition do not improve, the deceased will be taken to the hospital for a more authoritative investigation and treatment.
As the plans were being made, Kazaure said that the deceased called her doctor in her home on phone who then requested to speak with the doctors at the camp clinic and he affirmed to the CMD at the camp clinic on the phone that the line of treatment given was good and the drugs administered were normal.
While speaking with her doctor at home, Kazaure said that the deceased complained to the doctor that she had not urinated for some time hence the complaint hastened the deceased's referral to Gwarzo General Hospital by 4:00 pm.
The report stated that while the deceased was taken to the hospital, she was accompanied by two doctors from the camp clinic including the CMD and the Nurse on duty who happened to have been seconded by the State Government from the same General Hospital to the camp clinic but when they arrived at the hospital 30 minutes later, they met the doctor on duty, Imran Ibrahim who immediately ordered for full blood count, kidney function test, hepatitis and HIV.
While treatment was going on, the report stated that it was discovered that her potassium level was high but she required immediate dialysis which was only available at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital in Kano, about 2 hours drive away hence the doctor decided to stabilize her by administering gluconate overnight.
According to the report, the deceased responded well until about 2:00 am on 29 November when her condition worsened, and her body began to show noticeable signs of fluid retention which she was thereafter placed on oxygen as the doctors battled to stabilize her for the long journey to Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital but she died at about 4:00am.
In its findings, the report revealed that the deceased had an ailment which she did not disclose like many other corps members do hence from the Doctors' report, the corps member died of renal sepsis occasioned by infection.
After listening to the report, Minister of Youths and Sports, Barr. Solomon Dalung said the country was awashed with the news on social media that the deceased died out negligence from the scheme "but we have just seen that she didn't die the way it was painted on social media. I appeal to Nigerians to always find out facts before spreading their information."
He maintained that the scheme would not be scrapped for any reason and the federal government will ensure it continues to invest in the scheme because of the role it has played in uniting the nation and as well preparing the youths for the future.
He appealed to the state governments to continue to play its role in assisting the scheme in providing infrastructures, security amongst others to ensure that the scheme runs its activities in the camp effectively.