Contrary to claims by NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Sule Zakari Kazaure, that Ifedolapo Oladepo died of an ailment she nursed, the late Corp member’s father has said that his daughter died due to the negligence on the part of NYSC officials.
Oladepo Ifedolapo died in Kano on November 29th, while undergoing orientation at the National Youth Service Camp, NYSC camp.
Medical certificate of the cause of her death issued by Gwazo General Hospital, noted that the late Ifedolapo died of kidney infection.
The bereaved father, Mr. Olawale Oladepo, a retired Sanitary Inspector, explained that his daughter had no ailment before departing Osogbo with two other friends for Kano on Thursday, November 24.
He wondered how a person, who participated actively and appeared so radiant in all the pictures she sent home suddenly developed kidney problems.
He blamed the cause of her death to what he described as “negligence and lackadaisical attitude” of the NYSC workers.
He urged the Corps to come out with a vivid account of what happened to his daughter between 8:00am on Monday, when she reported to the camp clinic and the time she passed on at 4:00am the next day.
“Dolapo nursed no ailment. She was always hale and hearty. I took her to the motor park to board a bus bound for Kano and the bus departed at 6am on Thursday November 24,” Mr. Oladepo said.
“On Saturday (26th November, 2016), she sent home all the pictures taken with funfair with some of her friends and she looked hale and hearty.
“On Monday she called her elder sister complaining that she felt sick and was not being attended to because they thought she was trying to avoid the day’s drill.
“The sister started conversations with the medical personnel on duty and begged them to attend to her. After some persuasion, they agreed to give her medications.
“Some time later, she told her they administered some drugs on her and shortly after, her speech slurred, the tongue twisted and she could not talk properly. There were visible patches of blood under her skin and rashes all over her body. She took the picture of the hand to testify to this and she sent it home. When her sister called again, the medical personnel on duty told her she reacted to the drugs given and that they had given her hydro cortisone to counter the reactions and that after one hour, if her situation did not improve, they would transfer her to a teaching hospital after much plea from the sister asking them to transfer her to the teaching hospital.
“When the younger sister called her around 4pm of that same day, she answered the phone but complaining she has not been taken to any health institution requesting that we should come by air to take her back home.
“The sister was called around 4am on Tuesday, that she had passed on.
“My request to NYSC is to give the family and the entire world a vivid account of what happened to my daughter between 8am on Monday that she reported to the camp clinic and the time she passed on at 4am the second morning as reported by them. The doctor on duty at the Gwazo General Hospital, Kano said she had Sepsis that led to kidney infection. I wonder if truly she had kidney infection, did the Camp have proper medical facilities to have kept her; and why taking her to the General Hospital with no facilities to treat such ailments?” he said.
“Hence, by implication, whatever ailment may have developed when she got to camp could not have resulted to death if she had been promptly attended to and taken care of. However, she died out of negligence and lackadaisical attitude of the NYSC. Lest I forget, the NYSC may now tell me what the relationship is between the second hand knickers she was alleged to have worn, the rashes on her body, the twisted tongue, the blood patches on her skin, the fingers and toes that turned black, the slurred speech and the kidney infection that they claimed she had.”
Mr. Oladepo appealed to the Federal Government to explore all avenues, including the conversations of the deceased with members of the family before her death.