Nigeria Records Fifth Ebola Death

Lead consultant at First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos, Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, whose bravery has saved the country from potential epidemic of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) yesterday, lost her battle with the virus. She contracted the disease while attending to late American-Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, who brought the EVD into Nigeria.

Dr. Adadevoh was reportedly infected when she forcefully restricted Mr. Sawyer to his bed after he tried to remove the drip administered on him.

Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu announced the doctor’s death, yesterday evening.

“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,” he stated.

News of her death coincided with confirmation that the last three patients in the isolation centre may be discharged this week.

With her death, Nigeria has recorded five Ebola deaths, of which one was the index (first) case, Patrick Sawyer, one medical doctor, two nurses and the ECOWAS staff. Nigeria also has five Ebola survivors and three more expected to be discharged later this week.

Meanwhile, three more patients may be discharged any moment from now. According to a Vanguard source, who pleaded anonymity, among the three people that made it include a woman who gave birth in the hospital (First Consultants) and later returned for vaccination.

“The conditions of the three patients left in the isolation centre remains stable. I cannot say when they will be released but all I can tell you is that they are in stable condition and will be released any time from now. It could be tomorrow or next. But they are in good health,” the source said.