Top Nigerian doctor, Adadevoh, who treated Liberian-American Ebola victim, dies

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh.... Photo Credit..Courtsey @KwamiAdadevoh via Twitter

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, the senior consultant endocrinologist who became infected with the deadly Ebola virus while treating the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, died Tuesday, medical authorities said.

Ms. Adadevoh died in an isolation facility of the Mainland Hospital, Lagos, bringing to five the number of people the highly contagious virus has killed in Nigeria.

Her death followed those of Mr. Sawyer, two nurses, and a protocol officer for ECOWAS who attended to Mr. Sawyer as he arrived the Lagos airport.

All of Nigeria’s fatalities are those who had contact with Mr. Sawyer, the man who brought Ebola to the country.

The Federal Health Ministry of Health confirmed in a statement Tuesday that a “female Nigerian doctor has died at the Ebola Emergency Treatment Centre in Lagos”.

Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh
Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh

The statement by Dan Nwomeh, spokesperson for the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, did not identify Ms. Adadevoh, beyond stating that the victim was one of the primary contacts with Mr. Sawyer, and the most senior doctor who participated in treating the Liberian.

The description fits Ms Adadevoh, who was erroneously reported to have recovered and discharged a few days ago.

Her cousin, Kwami Adadevoh, tweeted shortly afterwards saying, ” I’d like to thank you all for your prayers. Sadly my darling cousin has been called home. She has finished her course and now rests with God.”

Condolences immediately began to pour in torrents.

While Nigeria has recorded some successes in the fight against Ebola– five people infected with the virus recovered– the country has also suffered heavy losses to the virus within two weeks.

The death of Ms. Adadevoh, like the nurses, would be deeply heart-breaking given her sacrifice to treat Mr. Sawyer, and an unsuccessful attempt by the Nigerian government to have her treated with Zmapp, the experimental drug used by the United States to treat two of its doctors who contracted Ebola in Liberia.

The Americans turned down the request saying the drug was not yet available in enough quantity and that African nations needed to adopt alternative strategies to combat the virus.

The manufacturing firm of Zmapp said last week they had run out of stock of the drug.
Sources say Dr. Ameyo died Tuesday afternoon after nearly a week in coma.

The death of the senior consultant brings the number of Ebola casualties in Nigeria to five with the index case inclusive.

Mr. Nwomeh said two other patients currently receiving treatment at the isolation wards are stable and well catered for.

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  • Naijawehail

    What a sad loss. May God forgive her sins and reward her for her efforts. May He give the family the wisdom and strength to bear the loss. A big loss for the NMA. Her death must not be for nothing and should spur the adoption and provision of universal precautions and the facilities required therein in all health facilities. Adios!!!

    • otitochionyeka@facebook.com

      GOD will receive the souls of our patriotic Dr and her nurses that died to save Nigeria from Ebola outbreak. May her gentle soul rest in peace

  • Gideon Orkar

    @redeem was condemning me for abusing Patrick Sawyer. May that pig Patrick Sawyer continue to rot in hell for killing this woman

  • Anonymous

    This woman and her nurses saved Nigeria. They deserve a National honour

  • Tunde

    Most tragic. May the good Lord grant you a speedy passage to paradise, IJN.RIP good Doctor.

  • Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu

    It’s like she shielded Nigeria from being wiped out and paid the ultimate price but is Nigeria worth dying for? Though a very painful to your family and admirers, without doubt, your name is now boldly written on the marble of history. It is not how long but how well is one’s passage through this life. RIP.

  • Basilia Irozuru

    Brave Dr, may her gentle soul rest in perfect peace

  • Nky Onah

    This is so bad, Americans sure can’t deny having a hand in mr. Sawyer’s visit to Nigeria. They have further proven that by their refusal to give their experimental drugs to those victims. And quickly condemned Nano silver. This woman is dead now without nano silver, May be if she was given the vaccine? I wonder why they quickly called it pesticide and yet said theirs was not yet in large quantity. It simply means that they brought us Ebola through their citizen, called our own citizen’s vaccine a pesticide just so they 1) will buy time to produce theirs and sell to us, 2) be seen as those that found the remedy to the virus and also watch innocent lives waste to reduce our population. And our government bought their story. Lets be wise!!! Nano silver should be administered to the remaining victims!!!!! After all, they may survive after getting it or die of Ebola. It is wiser to do just that.

    • NwaMbaise

      Only if you agree that Nano-silver should be tested on you. Deaf and dumb, Nano- silver is not a drug, but a surface antibacterial agent like dettol. Used mostly in the cleaning and textile industries to prevent molds and other surface bacteria, but has no effect on VIRUS. Will you agree to drink dettol?

      • Nky Onah

        That’s what they told you. Dumb you

  • pastorakinleye

    Dr. Adadevoh is a national hero. May her family be strengthened and comforted by God.

  • Iheme Glory

    Really, she did her part to save the entire country from the deadly virus. she paid with her own life, may her soul rest in perfect peace and God grand her loved ones strength to bear her demise.

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  • soibi

    My dearest Aunty, my dearest Aunty, so brave, she paid with her life, she gave her all for her profession, her Country, her people.She gave everything. Your were the most kind, spirited, hands on doctor, no matter how bad you always managed to put a smile on your patients faces. Consulting with you was more like a family visit. I loved you. I looked forward to seeing you everytime I walked through those doors. You were indeed QC per excellence. You gave your ALL! You never did get to spend that one day with your handsome little baby Joel EjirOghene, but I’m sure you’d have loved it. You are truly a hero. I pray you made your peace with GOD, accepted JESUS CHRIST and that you are now with HIM smiling, leaving all the wahala of Nigeria behind. But we will miss you, we will love you and remember you died a hero. May GOD ALMIGHTY bless you indeed

  • James

    She and the late nurses had paid the utmost sacrifice in the fight and containment of Ebola virus in Nigeria limiting our figure t0 5, may the Lord console their families and may they rest in perfect peace. these GOLDEN HEART deserve National honors.

  • Mark Edim

    Adieu a mother, Aunty, Sister n Daugther of nija may d Good Lord give the family d fortitude to bear the irreparable lost. Adieu once again mama!

  • SUNMADE EMILOJU

    I liken her to a soldier who died at the war front. Through her sacrifice many Nigerian lives will be saved. Her teams’ quick suspicion and diagnosis contributed to avoiding the inadvertent spread of the virus in the country. Rest in peace, Dr Adadevoh. May God give your family great comfort and strength through this time.

  • Really sad, God rest her soul.

  • konfumaster

    Nonsense

  • petersen

    rubbish.

  • Olushola Charles Akinkunmi

    Interestingly absurd write up. Get a life

  • Brandon Landry

    A lone voice of reason in a jungle of silence. Excellent, incisive and thought provoking article.

    • SHAKELANCE

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  • SHAKELANCE

    I don’t care where the fighters come from as long as they put an end to this terrorist organization. As a Kenyan, I fully understand the feelings of my Nigerian brothers and sisters as they confront this monster. In Kenya, we have been doing our best to defeat the tentacle of the same hydra that goes by the name of Al Shabaab. It is not a good feeling to know that you are being targeted as a nation simply because you value democratic practices and freedom. I would like to urge Nigerians to remain united in the face of this menace, whose objective is to divide you against yourselves in order to take advantage of the accruing confusion to advance its own ideology in Africa’s greatest country. With the General Elections around the corner, it is very tempting for some among you to take advantage of the confusion to start throwing mud at your own brothers and sisters rather than at the terrorists. Please avoid going down that road. So what if Jonathan is using mercenaries to fight Boko Haram? So what if regional governments (Chad, Cameroon, Niger, Benin, etc.) are involved in the fight against this monster? I don’t see anything wrong with that as long as, in the long run, the terrorists are wiped off the face of the earth. Here in East Africa, the whole region (together with clandestine elements such as the Americans with their drones and the British with their M16) are involved in fighting Al Shabaab. We don’t rage against them; we see them as comrades in arms in a moment of great need. Let us please not politicize this glorious struggle. Huge numbers of lives are involved. Most importantly, as the big brother of all black Africans, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, Nigerians should not be seen to be too divided among themselves. The rest of the continent is looking up to you, and we expect you to do better in showing the way. I thank you all, and God bless Nigeria!

    • Total

      God bless you brother. Thank you. Such a good word. Both encouraging and refreshing. Just that these our so called diasporan can be very myopic and annoying most of the time. It was totally off point and needless.

      • August January

        Mumu! So, what happens when the machineries go back after the election for which Jonathan is using them to score a belated political point? You’re simply a mumu

  • Total

    This is a pathetic and disgusting way of reasoning. “But President Jonathan did not inform Nigerian people he is using mercenaries on contract in the war. Nigerians deserve to know, even if President Jonathan’s government has a contractual agreement with just one mercenary.” This is bias and personal hatred taken too far. What are we saying? America once came in the name of helping us to fight boko haram then it was ok. You would have preferred more people dying so that you can use it as campaign tool? Who care whether there are mercenaries? A claim South Africa had since denied. Now that the ghosts mercenaries are not American Jonathan should be crucified inspite of great results? How many contractors working for America in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan etc are published on the pages of newspapers to inform American populace of their existence? Classical example of education without information.