Nigeria has lost a senior doctor to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, announced Tuesday evening.
The doctor, Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, a senior female consultant physician at First Consultant Hospital, Lagos, participated in the management of the index EVD case, Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu made the pronouncement through his Media Assistant, Dan Nwomeh in a statement made available to Blank
The statement reads:
“The Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu regrets to announce the death, this evening, of one of the primary contacts of the index Ebola Virus Disease case, the most senior doctor who participated in the management of the patient, a female consultant physician.
“With this unfortunate development the total number of Ebola Virus related deaths in Nigeria now stand at five.
“The other two patients currently under treatment in the isolation wards are stable and are being taken care of.”
According to a source, the late Dr Ameyo Adedavoh could not make it due to the serious contact she had with the late Sawyer.
“She tried to fight the disease. She fought a good fight. She saved Nigeria from imminent Ebola epidemic. She was the one that stopped late Sawyer when he became violent and was able to stop him. It is unfortunate we lost her. She is a heroine, even in death,” the source stated.
Dr. Adadevoh was an experienced consultant physician and endocrinologist was Lead Consultant with First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos.
A holder of an MBBS from the University of Lagos, UNILAG, as well as a Diploma in Endocrinology from the University of London, the deceased practised in the United Kingdom and Nigeria for more than three decades.
She was a member of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, the British-Nigerian Association and a Fellow of the National Postgraduate Medical College.