Via Sahara Reporters, a report from Saturday Vanguard: Late Nurse Justina Ejelonu’s Fiance: How I Survived Ebola – Dennis Akagha. This is a long and horrifying account. Excerpt:
He and his wife-to-be had lofty dreams of living fulfilled lives and raising wonderful children together. The fiancee was two months pregnant and their traditional marriage had been fixed for October.
His fiancee, a graduate nurse, had just secured a job at First Consultant Hospital, Lagos. He too also just got a marketing job with an oil and gas company. She was reluctant to go to work on the first day she was expected to resume on account of ‘morning sickness’ (pregnancy symptoms) and he encouraged her.
She did! Lo and behold, her first duty and first patient to nurse on her first day at work was the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, who brought the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) to Nigeria. And that decision put a full stop to the lofty dreams of a promising family. Welcome to the world of Mr. Dennis Akagha, the husband-to-be of late Miss Justina Ejelonu, the nurse, who contracted and died of the Ebola disease from Mr. Sawyer.
In an exclusive, explosive and passionate interview with Saturday Vanguard, Akagha, who contracted the disease from Miss Justina, was quarantined, treated, cured and discharged last week, spoke on how and why his fiancee died, how he contacted and survived the disease, how he was stigmatized and abandoned by co-workers and neighbours, and why victims must be given adequate care. He said perhaps, Justina would have survived with better care.