Corps member died of kidney disease - Investigation

Facts have emerged on the circumstanc­es surrounding the death of a member of the Nation­al Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Miss Rachael Ifedolapo Oladepo, at the NYSC Orientation Camp in Kano.
Oladepo was a graduate of Transport Management from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, who died of renal sepsis while under­going orientation at the Kano camp.

Since Oladepo’s death, her family and friends have raked in ceaseless controversy, accusing the NYSC management of neglect and using student doctors to treat sick corps members.

But investigations by The AU­THORITY have showed that al­though the doctors working at the NYSC Orientation camps nationwide (including the Kano State Orientation Camp) are corps members, they are quali­fied to practice the medical pro­fession and are certified by the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCAN), the apex reg­ulatory body of the profession in the country.

It was also discovered that Oladepo died of kidney failure due to protracted untreated ail­ment.

Further investigation also re­vealed that when she took ill at the Orientation Camp, she refused to disclose her true health status to the doctors on call when she re­lapsed, even when they examined her and discovered that she had progressive rashes on the lower parts of her body.
It was further gathered that when she called her family doc­tor who had full knowledge of her medical history, neither the doctor, the late Oladepo’s family, nor the deceased, were prepared to open up on her correct state of health.

When the NYSC doctors in Kano suspected that she was hid­ing vital information on her health status and upon observing her de­teriorating health condition after exhausting available health rem­edy at the camp, they rushed her to Gwarzo General Hospital, one of the busiest and well-equipped public hospitals in Kano.

Sources told our reporter that when she was examined by the NYSC Camp doctors they noticed rashes on her legs but she claimed it started appearing as a result of her use of a second-hand “knicker” she bought without first washing it.

“When the doctors on night duty further examined her, they noticed that the rashes on her legs had increased but she still dismissed such as reaction to the use of the second-hand dress.

“At a point, the deceased called her family doctor who spoke with the doctors at the camp clinic and the camp doctors overheard when she told her fam­ily doctor that she had not urinat­ed for some time, which hastened the deceased’s referral to Gwarzo General Hospital.

“After diagnosis at the Gener­al Hospital, it was confirmed that the late Oladapo had kidney in­fection probably due to untreat­ed Urinary Tract Infection (UTI),” sources said.

It was confirmed that the Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, had been briefed on the cause of her death and efforts made to keep her alive.

~ Authority Newspaper