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'We are like an army going to a battle without the complete armour': Christian nurse dies from Covid-19 weeks after expressing fears about lack of PPE

by Tola Mbakwe

Jennie Sablayan died on Tuesday at West Middlesex Hospital, according to a GoFundMe page set up in her honour. 

Jennie was a clinical nurse specialist in University College London Hospitals and a dedicated member of Every Nation Church in London for more than 16 years. 

Pastor Wolfgang Eckleben told Premier: "Jennie was a devoted mum. She loved fiercely, she loved well, she was an overcomer. 
"She brought joy wherever she was. She was very well loved. She was  such a great testimony to her friends, family, colleagues and to the church."

Jennie, her husband and daughters

Exactly one month before she died Jennie shared on Facebook that she was scared about working without adequate PPE. 

She posted an article on 5th April which paid tribute to an NHS nurse who died without reportedly working with the right protective kit. 

Pastor Eckleben told Premier he has almost 100 healthcare workers in his congregation and a lack of PPE is a shared concern. 

"It's a big conversation. It's obvious that our frontline workers have been let down and they have been sent to the battle lines with without the right gear. And I think this shows us that there is much to change in the land.

"Some have expressed that they are fully kitted out in some hospitals and others have to buy their own. We've even sent some of our health care workers things because they're paying for those things out of their own pocket."

The pastor has encouraged people to not only pray for the Covid-19 outbreak to pass, but to also pray for healthcare workers as many are afraid when they go to work. 

"I think the spirit of fear and anxiety and concern is a big one to pray against. Pray for that peace that passes all understanding."

He said Jennie has left a great legacy in the church and in the lives of all who knew her.

"She will be remembered as someone who loved well, fought well. She had joy through the thick and thin of her life and never quit. She gave herself to the job, gave herself a family, and gave herself to serving in the church. She was just a beautiful, special woman."

Jennie leaves behind a husband, and two daughters aged 10 and 14.

Listen to Premier's interview with Pastor Wolfgang Eckleben here: 

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