Ebola: Nigerian doctor appeals to U.S. for experimental drug

Mr. Okubadejo said his colleague was trying to save Patrick Sawyer’s life and does not deserve to die.

A doctor at the First Consultant Hospital, Lagos, Ladi Okubadejo, on Thursday appealed to the U.S. government to urgently send whatever medication in its possession on Ebola virus to Nigeria.

Mr. Okubadejo, who spoke at a news conference in Ikeja, said his appeal was aimed at saving the life of his infected colleague, A. S. Adadevoh, and other Nigerians at risk of the disease.

The First Consultant Hospital was where the late Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American, was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola disease.

Mr. Okubadejo said that Ms. Adadevoh, a Senior Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, was one of those who diagnosed and was treating Mr. Sawyer of the ailment when he was first brought into First Consultant.

“She treated Patrick Sawyer because she was patriotic only for her to be infected with the virus. I am appealing to the U.S. government to send whatever medication they have to Nigeria fast to save Adadevoh. She does not deserve to die. So, this is the reason for this appeal,” Mr. Okubadejo said.

The U.S. had used the experimental drug, Zmapp, to treat two of its citizens infected with the virus.


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