Ebola: “Has Professor Odinkalu who was attended to while Sawyer was on admission been checked” & other comments worth sharing

August 22, 2014

Health, Nigeria



Deleola Daramola Says:
August 22, 2014 at 4:43 am e

“On 20 July, Patrick Sawyer, the index case now thought to have brought EVD into Nigeria, was admitted into the hospital where Ameyo worked.

On 21 July, I attended the appointment as agreed…”

Ti a ba nsun’kun, a ma riran – while crying, we still can see.

Has the writer been cleared as negative/positive carrier of this deadly virus? We can sincerely help stop the spread just as the Dr. would not allow Sawyer out to prevent the spread, thereby forestall mass murder. Can’t imagine if Sawyer had been allowed out and had been admitted at the General hospital.


emotan77 Says:
August 22, 2014 at 5:39 am e

Dear Dele,

A great observation; thanks for pointing out that important information gap but the time lapse may have taken care of the incubation period and the professor is an informed person but it is a good point you’ve raised. Most important of all, I’m no medical person.

I must mention as I’ve done before that I hardly believe most what the Minister of Health says because he tends to be glib.

I think Nigeria was marked from Day One of the breaking of Sawyer’s mad dash to Nigeria. It’s now easy to report around the world “ebola ACROSS West Africa; that would not have been possible without the virus being exported/imported into Nigeria, a conjecture I mentioned from my the beginning of writing on this deadly virus.

Thanks v. much. Regards,



August 21, 2014 at 9:13 am e


Dear Tola,

Sorry about Adadevoh’s daughter’s death.

I was still at Unilag as principal engineer (Works Dept.) when he was appointed Vice-Chancellor (VC) Unilag. He was a suave, neat and dapper guy who loved to remind every body around him that he was Herbert Macauley’s grandson by wearing grandfather bow ties to work. He let us know that he did not belong to those who rose from grass!

Herbert Macauley’s picture was right on his office desk.

His father was a man from Gold Coast (Ghana) who served in the colonial Nigeria Police Force as a superintendent. The police superintendent had a personal house at the Yaba end of Ikorodu Road. The colonial Bungalow was No 3 Ikorodu Road. His mother was a daughter of the great Herbert Macauley. Who, among the professors, had such a family pedigree? Although these pedigrees don’t count in the academic world, it counted if you were holding the job of VC Unilag at that time for Lagosians and others who cared.

On top of his mien which many saw as snooty, he was the only cigar-smoking professor that we at the Works Department knew. He was not resident in the VC’s Lodge as expected, like Jacob Ade-Ajayi; so we did not know members of his family.

I feel sad like millions of Nigerians that he lost his daughter to Ebola virus. Being a professor of medicine himself, he would have the solace that she died helping the world by fighting against a deadly virus for which man is yet to find a cure. What a way to die?.




emotan77 Says:

August 21, 2014 at 9:41 am e

Dear Doctor,

Thank you v. much for this. Your comments always bring out little anecdotes and facts that most readers could not be aware of which makes them always very welcome.

I did not know Dr. Stella Adadevoh but she seemed to fit the saying that an apple does not fall far from the tree as far as following the medical line like her father and like quite some descendants of our Great Herbert Macauley. Her dad and another Macauley descendant that I know, a first cousin to her dad, is also a medical doctor who retired as an army Colonel; he, too, has a medical doctor daughter. Her dad’s mom and the army man’s mom were sisters. We all [sort of] knew Professor Adadevoh as Unilag’s Vice-Chancellor and who would not appear to be snotty with his pedigree!

I can almost picture the house at 3 Ikorodu Road near what is now around the flyover at the beginning of Ikorodu Road just as many of your readers – old and young alike – can as we read your contribution. This kind of commentary brings nostalgic feelings of the past back, especially to those who knew when that area and some parts of Yaba were home to upper and upper-middle class families.

This is Dr. Stella’s story but she was not an under-achiever from just a great family but a serious student and later professional; we all must salute her for it and cannot tell her story without talking of the root from which she came. I was in elementary school when we learnt the followimg song about Macauley’s day of translation, incidentally the year of my birth. Now, THAT dates me for those who might not have known!

Ni’rọlẹ, ni’rọlẹ, ni’rọlẹ ọjọ ti Macauley re’le ọrun’
Igi wo o lu’gi, ọpẹ wo lu’pẹ (2ice),
Ẹ wa w’ero b’o ti nrin l’ori ọda, l’ori ọda, ni’lu Eko o;
Iku t’o mu Macauley lọ, Ọlọrun l’o Ọlọrun l’o mọ;
Arun t’o mu Macauley lọ, Ọlọrun l’o, Ọlọrun l’o mọ.

I think there was a line or so more but I just am no longer sure nor do I know it if another line exists.

Thanks, and please keep them coming.



Submitted on 2014/08/21 at 7:06 pm | In reply to emotan77.

Hey Anti, the head of the churches will not be bold enough to let go the tithes their churches. The more coming for miracle healing, the more the purse swells.

Back to the American Doctor flown from Liberia for Ebola treatment. I heard from the BBC six o’clock news this evening that he has been given a clean slate to join his family and community. Blood is thicker than water and a show of patriotism. The import of your calling our corrupt politicians and heads of government to sponsor purchases of the trial drugs to treat Ebola in Africa had sunk well into my head if just not to rely again too much on Bill Gates and co. After all these money cannot be taken to heaven after their demise.

What about the so-called rich men and women of Africa extraction. Can’t they jointly donate generously to give lives to fellow human beings and stop the spread of this disease. I am afraid of the effects of spread in Nigeria looking at how close our society is. I am really alarmed. Somebody should help do something before it is too late.

They should realize that this disease does not recognize wealth and this is one that they cannot decide to run overseas for treatment. Prevention is better than cure and a word is enough for the wise.


Submitted on 2014/08/21 at 3:12 pm | In reply to Fatai Bakare.

Fatai, This has been my fear from the start but when I read what Governor Fasola said, coupled with the central government’s effort, I thought our people would listen to the voices of reason but it seems the holds of churches – especially the Pentecostal Churches – are so firm that their followers would have none of most of the jingles they listen to on the airwaves. It is, therefore, the heads of these churches that can get through to their members.

Thanks, as always,



Submitted on 2014/08/21 at 8:49 am


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


Submitted on 2014/08/20 at 8:51 pm

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.


Submitted on 2014/08/21 at 8:37 am | In reply to Fatai Bakare.

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,



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 … a 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.

Submitted on 2014/08/20 at 5:37 pm | In reply to emotan77.

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.


Sawyer “had possibly headed to Nigeria with the hope of receiving better treatment for his ailment” – Mrs. Sawyer

Submitted on 2014/08/17 at 3:31 am


I say again : Incredible! This woman(widow) was disconnected from her husband.

If Sawyer was genuinely searching for ORTHODOX treatment in a “well developed health care system” (Nigeria), why did he hide from the doctor and the two nurses an important information in the history of his illness?

I’ll advise Mrs. Sawyer, keep mute and send loving thoughts to her departed spouse in the great beyond, instead of telling us a cock-a-boo story.

I wish the two Nigerian nurses who died from the EVD joyful activity in the great beyond.
Some people asked me: What kind of Karma is this? I reserve the answer for another day!

Mother of Patrick Sawyer who imported ebola into Nigeria wants her son’s ashes – Twitter/Nigeria News desk



Submitted on 2014/08/18 at 11:04 pm

The woman is as callous without human feelings and sympathy like her dead son. Instead of her to bury herself with shame and never try to be known outside her country, she is asking for the ashes of her son. From whom and what an insult? If she were in Nigeria she and the rest of her family would have been stoned to death. She should go and meet her son wherever he is to collect his ashes.




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