Justina Ejelonu: A name that should never be Forgotten

Nrs. Justina Ejelonu, 25, was the first Nigerian to die from the Ebola outbreak of 2014. While everyone was terrified, some were working their lives off to save the Nigerian people.

Justina Ejelonu was a Registered Nurse from the Ebonyi State University. Like everyone else with career goals, She had finished her NYSC (the post graduation one year mandatory service) and relocated to Lagos for a job. Her first duty and first patient to nurse on her first day at work (21st July) was the late Patrick Sawyer who was admitted a day before (20th July), the Liberian-American, who brought the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria.

Justina Ejelonu
Justina Ejelonu (RN, BNSc)

On an unfortunate day when the notice was getting to the Nigerian people, she wrote this:

“I never contacted his fluids. I checked his Vitals,helped him with his food.(he was too weak)…..i basically touched where his hands touched and dats d only contact.not directly wt his fluids.@a stage,he yanked off his infusion and we had blood everywhere on his bed…..but d ward maids took care of that and changed his linens with great precaution…”

Patrick yanking off his infusion out of anger necessitated the contact the late Dr. Stella Adadevoh had when reinserting his needles. It didn’t stop at that, the late Patrick at a time, start splashing his blood and urine as a form of resilience that the women put up in terms of respective policy and therapeutic communications to calm him down and limit the spread of infections. Nrs. Ejelonu implemented the process of the quarantine which Patrick has always wanted to break even when it cost her an irredeemable damage after the whole event.

Like everyone else, Justina had dreams, died with an unborn child and a wedding that never took place. The least everyone can give to her is that respect of Honor.

Today, 14th August 2020 makes it 6 years that the hero was taken from us.

RIP Nurse Justina Ejelonu

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18 Responses

  1. This is the area that our dear NANM should rise and be on the FG’s neck so that her name should enter in the history book of hereos of this
    country and even create a date for national remeberance day for her..I said this because had it been it’s a top official in govt that died like that and so many other things that I don’t want to say here, they would have done something long ago but it is ordinary nurse and they don’t value nurses in this country.

  2. Absolutely. She died in the course of rendering care as a professional nurse and should be given the deserved honour even post humously. It is better to be late than never. Continue to rest in peace.

  3. It’s a sad one that issues bordering on Nurses are not always given the attention and recognition it deserves . I pray it changes soon. Continue to rest in peace Nurses’ Heroine

  4. She is an unsong heroine that just like many other Nigerians who put their lives on the line to save majority of other. It’s unfortunate she was born in Nigeria, a country that does not celebrate their champions nor care for those they left behind. Nevertheless, UGONSA as an association has dedicated an academic excellence award in her honour tagged: “UGONSA CERTIFICATE OF OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE (UCOP) AWARD, BOTH IN ACADEMIC AND IN LEADERSHIP” to best graduating nursing students in all Nigerian Universities during their induction, and a financial award to such distinguished students, all in honour of Late NURSE JUSTINA EJELONU. This the association will continue to do to immortalize her as long as the earth remain. May her caring Soul RIP. Amen.

  5. Continue to rest in the lord my dear colleague and course mate. You will be always remembered for the sacrifices you made. Aduie Tina.

  6. You are hero already and you shall never be forgotten and I pray may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. You’d be missed by the entire Nursing families all over the world.

  7. That is what our noble profession stands for. You did your part . May our good God reward you in heaven and on earth.Amem. yes on earth through well meaning individuals who can remember your good thoughts for your family who trained you and never enjoyed your service to humanity. May God use your name to bring smiles on their faces one day in Jesus mighty name l pray. Amen.
    Nkechi, a professional colleague.

  8. She lived to fulfill her purpose on earth. If not for anything else, for her sake I am proud to be a Nurse.

    Rest on my heroin. I know you’re in a better place whether Nigeria remembers you or not.
    Rest on!!!

  9. Your death has been an emotional trauma to NMCN and your loved ones indeed. We pray that the merciful God will rest your soul and let perpertual light shine upon your soul , Amen. Adiu Mrs Justina Ejelonu.

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