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Obit: Dr. Stella Adadevoh, Patrick Sawyer’s first medical doctor in Nigeria, is dead – Tola Adenle

August 20, 2014

Health, Nigeria

The death is being reported by many media outlets of the death of Dr. Stella Adadevoh, the first physician to attend to Nigeria’s ebola importer, Patrick Sawyer. She died yesterday.

There was an online appeal for signatures to get the United States president assent to her getting the ZMapp treatment that has been given to two Americans who were in Liberia as a doctor and a missionary. Up to 2 days ago, I received mails asking for the veracity of the petition. I responded in the affirmative but wondered if she was not one of two doctors who were said to have been discharged.

 

ADADEVOH2Dr. Adadevoh [google images]

 

No matter how far removed from the initial mad contact without their being aware, one cannot but continue to wonder at how that man, Sawyer, who knew he had contact with a sister who had died of ebola and must have known he was struck with the virus judging from his reported behavior before boarding that plane at Monrovia and worse, not only ALLOWING medical people to care for him but DELIBERATELY p—— on them when finally told he had ebola, WHY HE BROUGHT THIS CALAMITY ON NIGERIANS.

With the varying figures being given on victims who are still sick, those that are responding to treatment, those that are discharged and those that have died, the Nigerian minister in charge of health, Professor Chukwu must take necessary precautions that figures are accurate. He is getting high marks, especially from above for the government’s handling of the epidemic but I did read that Dr. Adadevoh – though not by name – was already discharged. There has also been inconsistency in the number of those affected/those being watched. Nigerians keep count as various reports are released.

Finally, I must mention that there’s no need for the minister to be the one patting himself on the back: “… Nigeria can get things right …” or such; allow others to do so or else reasons may be thought to exist for inconsistencies in released figures.

Adadevoh paid with her life in pursuance of the Hippocratic Oath to which she swore but alas, how we all wish Sawyer had never pursued his mad quest and how we wish that plane from Monrovia had never been allowed to take off, or once it did and Sawyer became sick during the flight, it had never been allowed to land OR passengers disembark.

Those are all wishes as Dr. Adadevoh has run her race, a very good one at that judging from what colleagues are saying about her. For her, therefore, a crown already awaits to join The Church Triumphant. While this may be little comfort to her family and close friends, her name will forever be etched in the annals of medical, nay, Nigerian history – along with those who already lost their lives and who may still lose theirs while fighting this evil scourge – as heroine and heroes/heroines.  Nigeria must find some landmark to immortalise these heroes and heroines.

Dr. Adadevoh’s death now brings to five – including Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American importer of the ebola virus.

Adadevoh, daughter of former University of Lagos Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kwaku Adadevoh, died at 58.

May her soul rest in peace.

 

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014.  10:55 a.m. [GMT]

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7 Comments on “Obit: Dr. Stella Adadevoh, Patrick Sawyer’s first medical doctor in Nigeria, is dead – Tola Adenle”

  1. emotan77 Says:

    FROM MY MAIL BOX

    How extremely tragic!

    One takes consolation in the assurance that, as you said, she has received her crown of glory, having fought a good fight and finished her race. She rests in perfect peace.

    Many baffling questions remain. Let’s pray current efforts are not slackened until the scourge has run its deadly scourge & left ours & neighbouring shores. Amen.

    Thanks for your very apt piece.

    S. Bisi

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  2. Fatai Bakare Says:

    Very sad. One can only wish her caring and devoted soul to her profession may rest in peace.

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  3. Fatai Bakare Says:

    Where are the Bill Gates to bail us out of this healthcare strangulation on humanitarian grounds before we lose the best of our medical personnels to Ebola. They should please be compassionate enough to do this as had been done in the past.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fatai,

      While it would be great to get outside help on the subject matter, the Bill Gates of the philanthropic world are already doing more than their fair share of providing billions – and that’s in dollars – to medical aid in Africa and elsewhere.

      I think the question should be: where are the African countries with billions in natural resources and a lot of human resources that the African Union (AU) can harness and contribute to a common pool to fight these ailments? Why must Africans always wait for outside aid when even more than they go cap in hand begging for lie in the pockets of their leaders that they seem crippled to demand accountability from?

      Bill and Melinda Gates are spending hundreds of millions fighting ORDINARY malaria which – I know – is a killer WHEN LEFT UNTREATED. The cost of mosquito nets, medication and medical staff to fight malaria in Nigeria is usually stolen by a single top government official during a tour of what passes for “duty” and “service” to one’s country.

      Thanks, Fatai & regards, as always,
      TOLA.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Amen. Thanks, Fatai.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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  4. emotan77 Says:

    FROM MY MAIL BOX

    Good morning.

    I am happy you have the same view about the minister of health, an otherwise moribund servant of ours,who suddenly found his voice as an armchair commentator with the outbreak of the ebola epidemic.

    That is the sad story of our country … He has suddenly become arrogant and silly.
    Let me say no more.

    May the soul of those we have lost find peace with the Lord.

    Cecilia F.

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    • emotan77 Says:

      Thanks, Cecilia.

      I was just pissed off at the guy’s strutting, and if I could feel that attitude from his words as I do not watch television, it’s not difficult to imagine how it must be grating on those who actually watch him telling us how efficient Nigeria is; it’s apparent he actually meant himself.

      Ṣiọ! ; I’m sure your Yoruba vocab has that word. For my non-Nigerian or Nigerian non-Yoruba readers, it means, despicable.

      Regards,
      TOLA.

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