The Guild of Medical Directors has called on the Federal Government to immortalise and confer national honours on the late Dr Ameyo Adadevoh, who died on August 19, 2014, while striving to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.
Adadevoh contracted the virus at First Consultant Hospital after coming in contact with a Liberian-American diplomat, Patrick Sawyer, who was admitted for treatment and later discovered to be an Ebola patient. The National President of the GMD, Prof. Femi Babalola, who spoke at a special remembrance service in honour of Adadevoh at First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja on Sunday, recounted the events that led to the death of the doctor.
Babalola said, “You will recall that over five years ago, a Liberian diplomat, who was infected with the Ebola virus, came to Nigeria and was rushed to First Consultant Hospital, Lagos, where Dr Adadevoh was a medical director. “This diplomat wanted to be released but Dr Adadevoh physically prevented him from leaving the hospital, exposing herself to the Ebola virus and, in the process, she died.
“In addition to her death, there were 10 other doctors and nurses who died. If not for Dr Adadevoh’s sacrifice, perhaps we would have experienced a terrible Ebola epidemic.” The GMD, which was founded in 1990 and registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 1992, is an association of proprietors of hospitals in the private sector.
Babalola stated that the guild held its 25th annual general meeting and scientific conference on Friday and Saturday. “We want to thank God for the success of the meeting, where we honoured the memory of one of our members, (the late) Dr Ameyo Adadevoh,” he said.
The Secretary General of the Economic Community of West African States Parliament, Dr Nelson Magbagbeola, who was also at the event, stated that the organisation had recognised Adadevoh’s sacrifice under President Muhammadu Buhari as the chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Governments.
Speaking on the Ebola outbreak, Magbagbeola said, “I remember the situation very well. I am a senior official in ECOWAS (and) Patrick Sawyer was the head of the national unit of ECOWAS in Liberia.
“The meeting we were supposed to attend was an annual retreat of the heads of national units in Calabar, involving the leadership of ECOWAS. If he had got to Calabar, we were asking ourselves, what would have happened? “It would have affected the entire leadership of ECOWAS at that time — senior officials and heads of national units from other countries, and you can imagine the ripple effect of that.”
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