Via Vanguard, an editorial: Honour for Dr. Adadevoh, others. Excerpt:
We wish to add our voice to the growing clamour for the honouring of the late medical staff of First Consultants Medical Centre, Lagos, who paid the supreme price after treating the Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, the man who deliberately brought the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) to Nigeria.
Of the three medical staff who succumbed to death, the case of Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, the Senior Consultant/Endocrinologist stood out. She not only bravely battled to save the life of Sawyer, but also played extraordinary roles to ensure he never succeeded in spreading the disease to other unsuspecting members of the public.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, revealed that it was Adadevoh’s refusal to discharge Sawyer who insisted on attending an ECOWAS meeting in Calabar, and the alarm she raised with the Lagos State Ministry of Health that not only stopped the spread of the disease to a national disaster proportion, but also triggered the effective response of both the state and federal governments in controlling the medical emergency.
Adadevoh is a national heroine; an exemplary professional, whose selfless service to the medical profession and the nation at large should be held up to inspire others, especially the youth. The people and government of Nigeria should stand up and salute her noble spirit, and appreciate the efforts of her colleagues, including Nurse Justina Obi Ejelonu, who were martyred after giving care to the stricken foreigner.
Renaming her hospital after her would be an obvious step, as well as creating scholarships in the names of Dr. Adadevoh and Justina Obi Ejelonu.