The immediate past president of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, Osahon Enabulele, has expressed sadness over President Goodluck Jonathan’s failure to recognise the late medical doctor, Stella Adadevoh, and other health workers felled by the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD.
Mrs. Adadevoh stopped the late Patrick Sawyer, who imported the virus into Nigeria, from leaving the First Consultant hospital where he was admitted. Her action helped in curtailing the spread of the virus.
“As one who listened with rapt attention to the Independence Day address delivered in the morning (7a.m.) of today, Wednesday October 1st 2014, by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, I feel extremely constrained to express my sadness at the cavalier attitude with which the memory of Dr. (Mrs) Stella Ameyo Adadevoh and other health workers felled by ebola virus disease in Nigeria was attended to in the October 1st, 2014 Independence day address of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR,” Mr. Enabulele said.
In a statement made available to PREMIUM TIMES, Mr. Enabulele also decried the absence of Mrs. Adadevoh’s name in the recent national honours list.
He pointed out that the opportunity provided by the president’s Independence Day speech was not used to reassure Nigerians of the possible plans by the Federal Government to bestow national recognition and post-humous honours on Mrs. Adadevoh and the other health workers.
While commending the president for conferring honours on ordinary unsung and hardworking Nigerians, including the designer of Nigeria’s national flag, he asked Mr. Jonathan to inform Nigerians of the Federal Government’s plans to immortalise and bestow post-humous honours on all the health workers and other volunteers felled in the course of caring for Ebola Virus Disease patients in Nigeria.
“In the face of the miserable monthly hazard allowance of N5, 000 paid to medical doctors/dentists and other health workers in Nigeria, the non-recognition of Dr. (Mrs) Stella Ameyo Adadevoh and other fallen health workers may act as further disincentive to an already demoralised medical and health workforce in Nigeria, with tremendous implications for health service delivery,” he warned .
He said the expeditious conferment of these post-humous honours would add to the list of accomplishments presented by the president in his Independence Day address.