Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was the Lead Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist at First Consultant Medical Centre.
The hospital that Patrick Sawyer was taken to. When he was brought in his symptoms were first diagnosed as malaria because of high fever. It was Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh who suspected it was Ebola. After the test confirmed her suspicion she informed the Lagos state ministry of health of it possible threat.
All Nigerians owe her some gratitude.
Why Nigerians Owe Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh?
Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh was able to manage and contain the deadly Ebola despite never experiencing anything like it. She has not faced anything like Ebola in her 21 years of practice.
Her steadfastness and ingenuity help in curbing a wider spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria. She placed the patient zero, Patrick Sawyer, in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian government.
Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh was threatened by Liberian officials home and abroad. They demanded the patient to be discharged to attend a conference in Lagos. But she vehemently resisted the pressure and said, “for the greater public good” she would not release him.
Her efforts or should I say heroics prevented the spread of the deadly virus in Africa’s most populous country.
She Made the Difference
Information on her health trust, an NGO created in her honor, because of that she made the difference for Nigeria.
Because of her keen perception, courage, and steadfastness, all 20 Ebola cases in Nigeria were traced. The virus was traced to a single path of transmission originating with the first (index) patient. That was Patrick Sawyer who took a flight from Monrovia, Liberia to Lagos.
This is what differentiated the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria from the outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. In the countries above the index patients were not initially diagnosed or contained.
Sadly for the service of humanity she died. She died on August 19 2014. Three medical workers from the same hospital died also. A total of total of 5 health workers died from Ebola.
Dr. Adadevoh was survived by her husband Afolabi and son Bankole among other relatives.
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Google Doodles pay tribute To Dr. Ameyo Adedavoh
Ameyo Adadevoh was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 27 October 1956. She would have been 62 years by today. Google pays tribute to her by dedicating it doodle on the search page.
What is Google Doodle? I have your back.
A Google Doodle is a special, and always temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepages. Google doodle usually used to commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and people.
If you go to google.com today, you will see the tribute.