Ebola: Abia condoles family of Justina Echelonu, nurse who died from virus

Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji

The Abia State governor, Theodore Orji, on Thursday condoled the family  of the first nurse who  died from the Ebola Virus Disease.

Justina Echelonu, a staff of First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Lagos State, died on August 6.

She was among those who treated the Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, who imported the disease to Nigeria.

“My heart bleeds as I write this. On behalf of my family, the government and the good people of Abia State, I commiserate with family, friends and colleagues of our dear lady nurse, Justina Echelonu, who died following the contact she had with the Liberian American, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, in the course of discharging her duty as a nurse,” Mr. Orji said in a statement by his special assistant on e-media, Obed Nnaji.

He prayed that God would comfort Ms. Echelonu’s family and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

Nigeria has recorded 11 cases of the deadly Ebola disease, of which four have died. 169 people are currently under surveillance.

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