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    Nigeria failed Nurse Justina Obioma Ejelonu....and the world didn't care either   "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…"-Nurse Obioma Justina Ejelonu describing the nature of her ill fated contact with American Ebola carrier, Patrick Sawyer, at her place of work in Lagos.   A nation state exists primarily to protect the lives and properties of the citizens and in return the citizens pay taxes to the state and generally subject themselves to the rules made by the state. Without being definitive, that should be an elementary explanation of social contract as expounded by John Locke and others. We all know about penalties when citizens fail to keep their part of the bargain but hardly do we make the state suffer penalties for failing to keep her own side of the contract. As a result, the state through it's agents regularly  breach the contract, especially in developing countries, with impunity. And yet life goes on for citizens..... until they drop dead as a result of the non performance of it's existential duties by the state.   Nurse Obi Justina Ejelonu died early this morning. Complications associated with Ebola viral disease claimed her life at Mainland hospital Yaba where she was quarantined by the agents of the Nigerian State.   May her soul rest in peace.   We owe it to her memory and that of others still struggling to stay alive at the Lagos quarantine center to share our thoughts and observations from our interactions with her.  It might help the authorities wake up and keep their social contract with those remaining in quarantine.   Most of us didn't meet  Justina in real life (and now will never) but we belong to same online group, Igboville/Oganiru Ndigbo Foundation. While the group was preparing for a free medical service program at Aba in December 2013, Obioma (Justina) volunteered to be among the nurses that will attend to the patients, free of charge. She was really excited about offering her services free, to save lives. It was in the build up and preparation for the event, successfully held at Aba on 27th December 2013, that we got to interact more closely, online. She was always available at the medical service committee thread to make suggestions and liven up the thread with jokes and banters. Naturally, all the members of the team knew this lively nurse working then at Ijebu Ode, Ogun State.   Early this year, she moved to Lagos to resume at First Consultant Hospital Obalende. Her excitement was palpable even as she contacted one of our chapter executives to help get her accommodation in Lagos as well as introduce her to some Lagos based Igboville members. As expected, he did his best for her in fulfillment of our slogan "onye aghana nwanne ya" (don't leave your brother/sister behind). She relocated to Lagos and resumed at her new station.   Her later posts at the group and  her facebook wall confirmed she was enjoying her new experience at the high brow Lagos hospital. Until the 25th of July when she made this post at Igboville wall:   "Friends, thank God for me o. i had a close contact with the first Ebola case in Nigeria..:.Long story cut short, God saved me dearly. join me in thanking God." (Jul 25th 2014)   And then this comment ne

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