The Nigerian doctor who attended to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American with the first Ebola case in Nigeria, is dead.
The late female doctor, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was the senior consultant endocrinologist at the Lagos hospital where Sawyer was treated before his death from Ebola.
Adadevoh became infected with the deadly Ebola virus, according to medical authorities, revealing that Adadevoh died in an isolation facility of the Mainland Hospital, Lagos.
Her death brings to five the number of people the highly contagious virus has killed in the country, following the death of Sawyer, two nurses, and an ECOWAS protocol officer who was stationed to attended to Mr. Sawyer as he arrived in Lagos.
Adadevoh’s death was confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Health in a statement late Tuesday.
that a “female Nigerian doctor has died at the Ebola Emergency Treatment Centre in Lagos.”
Signed by Dan Nwomeh, spokesperson for the Minister of Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, the statement refiraned from mentioning the name of the female doctor, only stating that the victim was one of those who had primary contacts with Mr. Sawyer.
But the manner of saying the decease is the most senior doctor who participated in treating the Liberian points to the fact that Adadevoh is the one to whom reference is being made.
A relative of the late doctor, Kwami Adadevoh, also confirmed the death of the brave medical personnel in a post on social media.
”I’d like to thank you all for your prayers. Sadly my darling cousin has been called home. She has finished her course and now rests with God,” the Twitter message reads.
Five people initially infected with the Ebola have recovered, leading to hopes that the country can contain the scourge but her death also brings to five the number of people who have died from Ebola including Patrick Sawyer.