In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 19th, August, 2020

Why Justina’s Dying Was Painful

Why Justina's Death Was Painful

Dennis Akagha and Justina Ejelonu

Dennis Akagha, a survivor of the Ebola Virus Illness, has mentioned his late fiancée, Justina Ejelonu, has not been ‘duly recognised’ regardless that she sacrificed her life whereas caring for Nigeria’s index EVD case, Patrick Sawyer, The PUNCH studies.

In response to Akagha, his late fiancée was a nurse at Lagos-based First Consultants Medical Centre, the place Sawyer, an Ebola-positive Liberian diplomat, had visited when he arrived in Nigeria in July 2014.

Justina’s boss, Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who was on responsibility the day Sawyer arrived the hospital, and who reportedly stopped Affected person Zero from leaving the hospital, had been extensively recognised upon her dying in August 2014 after contracting the virus.

Akagha, nonetheless, lamented that different gamers, together with the pregnant Justina who additionally succumbed to the an infection following her encounter with Sawyer, had remained unsung.

Akagha had additionally contracted the virus from his pregnant fiancée however he later recovered.

The info analyst tweeted on Wednesday, “Six years as we speak, I discovered myself within the Ebola isolation ward after the dying of my late fiancee (Justina Ejelonu) who acquired contaminated on the primary day of resumption as a nurse with First Guide.

“On the day she was imagined to resume, she began having the standard morning illness as a pregnant girl and we each agreed to name her workplace for a latter date of resumption.

“After a while, she mentioned to me ‘Dearie, let me go. I’m feeling higher now but when it continues, I’ll come again after my shift; in any other case, I’ll keep until after my two days shift is over.’ I grudgingly agreed, which turned the more severe choice I’ve ever made in my lifetime.

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“That was how she went to work that day. Coincidentally, the identical day Patrick Sawyer arrived First Guide with Ebola; and he was Justina’s first affected person. This was how our ordeal started.

“Quick ahead to a few weeks later, I struggled to get her to the isolation centre after she had a miscarriage at house. I cleaned her, did all I might do to cease the bleeding all to no avail.

“My ache isn’t just as a result of she died a really painful dying, however years after her dying, it was as if just one individual was the rationale why Ebola didn’t unfold as a lot because it might have. Justina sacrificed her personal life taking good care of Patrick Sawyer on her first day of labor.

“Additionally, a nursing maid whose duty was to wash Sawyers room died within the course of and different individuals who haven’t been duly recognised – what a system!

“Justina Obioma Ejelonu and everybody who hasn’t been duly recognised took an oath of service, pledged to Nigeria their nation, to be devoted, loyal and sincere even when their lives have been on the road.

“They serve Nigeria with all their energy, talent and experience, defended her from the fingers of Ebola however what did they get in return, dying, disappointment.”

The World Well being Organisation has, since October 2014, declared Nigeria Ebola-free however no fewer than 20 individuals have been contaminated with the virus, together with eight related deaths as of the time.

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