Out of the 8 Nigerians who died during last year’s Ebola Virus Disease outbreak the country, no one deserves more mention than the one who began the fight of keeping the rest of us safe from the deadly virus.
Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevo had an option at the moment she suspected that the Liberian agent of death, Patrick Sawyer was on a different mission than just being ill.
Dr. Stella Adadevoh who apart from being a consultant follows the CMD in ranking had worked with the hospital for 21 years. Dr. Ohiaeri told me that she raised an alarm the moment she suspected that Patrick Sawyer was having an ailment more than just malaria.
She knew the danger when the Liberian began to behave awkwardly, like someone on a mass killing mission, he sprayed his body fluid everywhere including on those attending to him but she did not yield to pressure to discharge the patient. The intervention spiced with threats from the Liberian Ambassador to Nigeria could not depreciate her commitment to the greater good of all.
Her death on the afternoon of 19th August 2014, aged 58, has remained remarkable to many Nigerians which resulted in numerous recognitions by groups and institutions, both local and international. Between October 2014 and March 2015, not less than 19 awards were given in memory of the woman whose memory will remain as one who defined professionalism not just in words, but indeed.