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Ebola: Adadevoh, senior consultant infected by Sawyer, dies

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Dr. Stella Adadevoh, a female consultant
physician, in Lagos.

Nigeria on Tuesday recorded the fifth Ebola virus
fatality with the death of Dr. Stella Adadevoh, a
female consultant physician, in Lagos.

Adadevoh, a consultant endocrinologist, was the first
Nigerian to be diagnosed with the disease.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, in a
statement by his Special Adviser on Media and
Communication, Dan Nwomeh, announced
Adadevoh’s demise on Tuesday evening.

“We regret to announce the death of one of the
primary contacts of the index case, the most senior
doctor who participated in the management of the
patient, a female consultant physician, with this
unfortunate development the total number of Ebola
virus related deaths now stand at five,” the terse
statement read.

The late Adadevoh was a Consultant Physician and
Endocrinologist, and a member of the Nigerian
Medical Association and the British-Nigerian
Association.

She obtained her MBBS degree from the University of
Lagos, Akoka as well as a Diploma in Endocrinology
from the University of London.

She was a Fellow of the National Postgraduate
Medical College. The late Adadevoh practised in the
United Kingdom and Nigeria for more than three
decades.

As of the time she encountered the Liberian-
American, Patrick Sawyer, on July 20, she was the
Lead Consultant at the First Consultants Medical
Centre Lagos, where the man who brought the
dreaded Ebola Virus Disease was admitted.

The death of the medical practitioner reinforces the
concern over the safety of health workers in the
crusade against the killer disease.

Reacting to the death of Adadevoh on Tuesday night,
the Chief Medical Director, Lagos University Teaching
Hospital, Prof. Akin Osibogun, described the
deceased as a “thorough professional.

Osibogun said he was in the same class at the
medical school with the late Adadevoh.

“We owe her a lot; she managed the situation like a
thorough professional that she was. She had helped
Nigeria to contain the epidemic in her own way.

“She was very passionate and lively in class when we
were in school,” he said.
Chairman, National Human Rights Commission, Prof.
Chidi Odinkalu, said the nation owed the deceased “a
debt of gratitude.”

Odinkalu said Adedavoh was one of the “very best” in
the medical profession.

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