Reports coming from Lagos State Nigeria says that a female medical doctor Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, at First Consultant Hospital, Lagos, has died from the Ebola virus disease.
Friends and well-wishers of the late doctor had launched a campaign for the United States to make the ZMapp experimental drug available for her, describing her efforts at saving the life of Sawyer as “heroic”.
A statement issued on behalf of the minister of health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, by his media aide, Dan Nwomeh, read: “The Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu regrets to announce the death, this evening, of one of the primary contacts of the index Ebola Virus Disease case, the most senior doctor who participated in the management of the patient, a female consultant physician.
With this unfortunate development the total number of Ebola Virus related deaths in Nigeria now stands at five. The other two patients currently under treatment in the isolation wards are stable and are being taken care of.
She attended to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian-American who brought the virus to Nigeria, and reportedly discovered too late that the man had been infected with Ebola. Adadevoh, who is survived by her only son, is the first doctor and the fourth Nigerian to die from the virus.
The other fatalities were two nurses and an ECOWAS protocol officer. Five other persons who were infected have been discharged from isolation ward, while two other persons are currently undergoing treatment.