Nigerians have taken to various social media sites to solicit for President Barrack Obama’s support for the Nigerian nurse who allegedly contracted the deadly Ebola disease.The Nigerian nurse, Justina Ejelonu was said to have contracted the deadly disease after treating a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who came into the country with the disease few days ago. Although the Liberian has died from the pawns of the disease, however many health officials who attended to him have been quarantined while others are on the watch while Ejelonu Justina was discovered to have been infected with the deadly virus.
Nigerians however, have taken to the White House website and also social websites like Facebook and Twitter, petitioning President Barrack Obama to release the vaccine called Zmapp, which was developed in the United States for the sole purpose of combating the deadly Ebola disease.
It would be recalled that the U.S. president few days ago made it known to newsmen that the Ebola experimental drug won’t be sent to Africa because its too early, hence the delay for the vaccine to be used in affected countries. However, the infected nurse according to Punch, revealed that she did not have any contact with the Liberian’s body fluids which is the major source of transferring the deadly disease. In her words, she said: ”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 that’s the only contact — not directly with his fluids. “At a stage, he yanked off his infusion and we had blood everywhere on his bed. But the ward maids took care of that and changed his linens with great precaution. Every patient is treated as high-risk. If it were air borne, by now wahala for dey (there would have been trouble). I still thank God.”
The allegedly infected nurse also added that the workers’ uniforms and Sawyer’s bedding were burnt afterwards, saying the staff were under surveillance and off-duty till August 11. “Our samples have long been taken by the World Health Organisation and so far, we have been fine. Kudos to my hospital management because we work professionally with every patient considered as high-risk — that’s the training.” The health worker noted that if it were a public hospital, the outcome might have been different, adding that she was however grateful to the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government for their support.