In a press release issued today, former President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, paid tribute to Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who died from the Ebola virus on Tuesday of this week. Calling the tragedy a "major loss" to the medical community and the Nigerian healthcare system at large.
Enabuele called also on the Federal Government of Nigerian to confer posthumous honors on health workers lost to the virus in the line of service.
Read the full press release below.
It was with extreme sadness that I received the news of the demise of a very passionate, humane, industrious and God-fearing medical practitioner, Consultant Physician, and a very dear colleague, Dr. (Mrs) Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, who passed unto eternal glory following her affliction with the Ebola virus disease in the course of passionately caring for the late Liberian, Mr. Patrick Sawyer reputed to have imported Ebola Virus into Nigeria.
Her death at this time of national public health emergency is a major loss to the medical community and Nigeria's healthcare system.
The circumstances surrounding her death is another reminder of the grave hazards that health workers, particularly Medical doctors face in the course of delivering care to patients. It clearly re-emphasizes the need for government to more commitedly institute schemes to guarantee the safety of health workers, particularly the institution of a robust life Insurance policy. Certainly, it brings to light the need for Governments at all levels to take the welfare of health workers seriously and drastically review upwards the miserable hazard allowance of N5,000 per month paid to medical doctors and other health workers in Nigeria.
I deeply condole her family, relatives, the management and staff of First Consultants Hospital, members of the medical community and indeed all Nigerians for this devastating loss.
I call on the Federal Government to memorialize and bestow on all health workers and other volunteers felled in the course of caring for Ebola Virus Disease patients post-humous honours.
I pray God to strengthen us all in this extremely challenging times.
May God grant the gentle soul of our dear sister, colleague and patriot, Dr (Mrs) Stella Adadevoh and all other victims of the Ebola Virus Disease peaceful rest in his bossom.
Dr Osahon Enabulele
Vice President (WAR), Commonwealth Medical Association;
Immediate Past President, Nigerian Medical Association