Nigerians Remember Ebola Heroine Dr. Stella Adadevoh, 6 years after her Death
NEWSMAN, Abuja – Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has remembered Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, who died in August 19, 2020 while trying to save the country from the dreaded Ebola epidemic.
The NCDC boss, Chikwe Ihekweazu on his twitter page commended the efforts of DRASA, an NGO established in honour of Adadevoh to help continue her legacy of protecting public health.
Stella Adadevoh was the lead consultant physician and endocrinologist at a private hospital in Lagos when an Ebola patient arrived the country from Liberia in 2014. She was said to have vehemently turned down a request by Patrick Sawyer’s employers to have him discharged so he could catch a flight to Calabar from Lagos, where he had been due to attend a conference, Guardian had reported.
Adadevoh contracted the Ebola virus from Sawyer in an effort to stop it’s spread.
After her death she has received several local and international awards including the 2018 ECOWAS Prize of Excellence, and a street in Abuja was named in her honour.
Six years after her demise, Nigerians still remember her bravery, and have taken the time to remember her today.
Meanwhile, as Nigeria currently battles with the corona virus pandemic, at least 10 doctors have died of the virus, and Over 800 Nigerian health workers have contracted the novel coronavirus since the first case was confirmed in February.
According to a report by the NCDC, Nigeria as of August 19 has recorded 49,895 confirmed cases, discharged 37,051 patients, and recorded 981 deaths.