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Ebola: Immortalise dead health workers, CMA urges FG

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The Commonwealth Medical Association on Thursday
urged the Federal Government to immortalise all the
health workers that had lost their lives while treating
the late Liberian – American, Patrick Sawyer, who
imported the Ebola Virus Disease to Nigeria. Vice –
President of the association, who is also a former
President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr
Osahon Enabulele, made the appeal in a statement,
issued in Abuja.

The CMA boss specifically lamented
the death of the head of the medical team that
treated the late Sawyer, Dr (Mrs) Ameyo Stella
Adadevoh, who died following her affliction with the
EVD.

He described the late Adadevor as a very
passionate, humane, industrious and God-fearing
medical practitioner, whose death at this time of
national public health emergency is a major loss to
the medical community and Nigeria’s healthcare
system.

He said, “The circumstances surrounding her
death is another reminder of the grave hazards that
health workers, particularly Medical doctors face in
the course of delivering care to patients.

“It clearly re-emphasises the need for government to more
commitedly, institute schemes to guarantee the
safety of health workers, particularly the institution of
a robust life Insurance policy.”He maintained that the
death of the health workers, “brings to light the need
for governments at all levels to take the welfare of
health workers seriously and drastically review
upwards the miserable hazard allowance of N5,000
per month paid to medical doctors and other health
workers in Nigeria.”

Enabulele expressed deep condolence to the family, relatives, the management and staff of First Consultants Hospital, members of the medical community and indeed all Nigerians over the death of the late Adadevor and others. I call on
the Federal Government to memorialize and bestow
on all health workers and other volunteers felled in
the course of caring for Ebola Virus Disease patients
post-humous honours.

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