LIFE AND TIMES OF DOCTOR STELLA AMEYO ADADEVOH

Ameyo Adadevoh was born on October 1956 in Lagos, Nigeria. She had her primary school education at Corona School Yaba, Lagos. For her secondary education, she attended Queen’s School Ibadan. She studied medicine and surgery at University of Lagos. In 1981, she did her housemanship at Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She completed her fellowship in endocrinology at Hammersmith Hospital London in 1983.

In July 2014, she diagnosed the first case of Ebola outbreak in Nigeria through a Liberian Diplomat Patrick Sawyer at First Consultant Hospital Lagos. As a result of her report, the Nigerian Government declared a national public health emergency and an Ebola emergency center was set up by the Nigerian Ministry of Health. She was later diagnosed of Ebola and died on 19th August 2014. She is survived by her husband Mr. Afolabi Emmanuel Cardoso and her only son Bankole Cardoso.

She was the imperial lady of First Consultant Hospital, full of passion, energy and competence. She was particularly singled out because of her heroic act of standing up against the world diplomats and their threats when asked to release the Liberian Diplomat admitted in the Hospital. Her stance was the only reason why all 20 Ebola cases in Nigeria were traced to a single path of transmission originating with the first patient. This was what particularly differentiated the Ebola outbreak in Nigeria from the outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Due to her actions, Nigeria was able to contain the virus and the World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free on October 20, 2014.

Share this if Dr Stella Adadevoh deserves to be honoured by the Federal Government of Nigeria….  REST IN PEACE MA. AMEN.

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