Nurse Justina Ejelonu was today posthumously awarded the Nurse-Heroine-of-the year award by Nursingworld Nigeria.
The late Justina Ejelonu was given the award at a family gathering where her parents received the award on her behalf. Speaking to NTA Newsmen at the event, Jennifer Emelue a director of the organization described justina as the "Florence Nightingale of our time", and reminisced how her sacrifice has modelled the bravery and compassion that inspires nurses today. She noted that this award is the highest distinction a Nigerian nurse can achieve and is awarded for "exceptional courage and devotion, exemplary service.
According to her "we have not come today to mourn Justina, we have come to celebrate a hero who paid the ultimate price in service to humanity in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus outbreak and in doing so, spared the nation from the widespread rampage that our sister west African countries are suffering. Justina has accomplished her mission and gone on to a better place
The plaque presented to the parents of late Justina read "Nursingworld Nigeria and bore the inscription "pro vera misericordia et cara humanitate" (true and loving humanitarianism) Presented to Nurse Justina Ejelonu (BNSc) NURSING HEROINE AWARD 2014
In appreciation, Mr Ejelonu urged Nigerian Nurses to leverage on the heroism and patriotism of Justina to fight for their right. Mrs Ejelonu bemoaned her loss and inability to see her daughters corpse throughout the ordeal, however she thanked the Nursingworld Nigeria Team for the good gesture and Prayed God to guide and protect Nigerian Nurses in their service to humanity.
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