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Ebola: Stella Damasus kicks off Petition for FG & WHO to give Posthumous Award to Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh

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On Tuesday, the doctor who treated the primary Ebola victim in Nigeria, Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh passed on.

The brave medical practitioner lost her battle to the deadly virus.

BN received an e-mail from actress Stella Damasus, asking the Federal Government as well as the Cross River State Government, the World Health Organisation and the United Nations to give a National Posthumous award in memory of the doctor.

She has kicked off the petition on Change.org. You can sign here

Dr Ameyo Adedovh

Dr Ameyo Adadevoh

On why is this important, she says, “Kind and beautiful Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh stood her ground to protect Nigeria. She refused to allow Mr. Patrick Sawyer (the Liberian-American infected with the Ebola Virus) leave First Consultant Hospital even when the Liberian Ambassador pressured her to release him.

Imagine what would have happened if she had let him go. Ebola would have been more widespread in Nigeria than what we are dealing with now. She died on the evening of the 19th of August 2014 and I strongly believe she deserves a National Posthumous Award.

If we don’t celebrate people like this who sacrifice their lives to save others then please tell me why any of us should do the same.

Give honor to whom honor is due”

65 Comments

  1. ade

    August 20, 2014 at 7:07 am

    The true Heroes! All health workers that have put themselves in harms way to stop this virus! They are like our soldiers who die on battle field to serve their country. She deserves the award !!!!!! Rest in peace forever!

  2. Dee

    August 20, 2014 at 7:18 am

    How does this award solve the problem? May her soul rest in peace. Nurses died too. I sympathize with her family but that’s the risk with the job. The major problem is to address the healthcare situation with poor infection control and how the medical practitioners are taken for granted. Everyone can’t get an award for getting a work hazard.

    • eze

      August 20, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Not every one that’s. why the ones on strike dead or alive are not getting it. and i don’t know a lot of people that are ready to take such risk in relation to their jobs even if adequately compensated.She deserves it and more and the govt is putting in a lot of effort i must say i have not seen our govt take anything serious the way they are taking this .

    • Trina

      August 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

      Dee how does your negativity solve the problem as well?

      C’mon…she played a big role in containing the spread. If she had just looked the other way or succumbed to pressure, do you know whether you or I would have been here today, typing away? Please say what you need to about the healthcare system etc BUT DO NOT put this good doctor’s potential award in your box of negativity. Thank you.

    • Dee

      August 20, 2014 at 2:31 pm

      I have an opinion, it’s free and I’m using it. So don’t be offended. I feel for her family, I even cried because it could be me. Her efforts will never be forgotten. But we have a broken health care system. I’m a doctor so I know. Her death should be used to campaign on the present state of our system. This way even her colleagues would never forget her.

    • Trina

      August 20, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      @Dee. Again I hear you and even completely agree with you on the failings of the healthcare system but please go back to your initial comment and see how antagonistic you sounded towards the idea of an award for this fantastic woman. Was there any need for that?

      Perhaps you can take a leaf from @Sylvia’s manner of delivery. She also focused on the poor healthcare situation but unlike you, she delivered her content with tact.

    • Uche

      August 20, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Hi, knowledge is key. you might want to ask questions. i see your point but this lady stood her ground and locked all of them who came in contact with Sawyer up in the room. Her actions really helped contain the spread of this virus.

    • Bem

      August 20, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      At least those that try should be recognised. Ameyo refused to allow the Doctot leave the hospital, that was the heroic thing she did. If she had not done this, Ebola would have found its way to Obalende bus stop and to many areas in lagos. The story would have been different today. Even you might have been infected. So think deep next time before you post something. Ameyo deserves the award simple and plain she saved us all.

  3. Priestess

    August 20, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I totally agree with stella on dis, all d doctors and health workers in Africa dat ave lost their lives while try to save and serve their countries should be honoured.

  4. Dee

    August 20, 2014 at 7:27 am

    TOTALLY IN SUPPORT. GOD REST HER SOUL AND CONSOLE HER FAMILY. VERY SAD INDEED.

  5. wendu

    August 20, 2014 at 7:29 am

    i totally agree with you Stella

  6. Cynthia

    August 20, 2014 at 7:31 am

    Bella naija, pls I can’t see the supposed link change.org on this post to sign.
    Kindly fix that. Thanks

  7. Ama

    August 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I support

  8. kris

    August 20, 2014 at 7:53 am

    Totally agree.she done Nigeria a great favour for detecting d 1st case.may her soul rest in peace

  9. Bidemi Fagbayi

    August 20, 2014 at 7:57 am

    She deserves more than this if possible. I don’t know why the zmapp was not given to Nigeria to at least save the lives of these ones that died. So painful a death. May your soul rest in peace as it deserves to. An unnecessary death. So painful……

  10. ATL's finest

    August 20, 2014 at 8:22 am

    She died as a Heroin! RIP Doc.

    • Anon

      August 20, 2014 at 10:50 am

      Heroine*
      Heroin being the nasty stuff.

  11. Sylvia

    August 20, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Nobody can take away the courage and fighting spirit displayed by all those that were involved in Mr Sawyer’s issue. they fought so hard to protect Nigerians from the likely widespread of the deadly virus and we are all grateful to them. (Eternal Rest Grant those that have passed away and to their families, the fortitude to bear the loss. and to others who are still battling to survive, God’s speedy and miraculous healing I pray for. While i continue to ask God to strengthen those who volunteered to take care of them. And to Stella Damasus, I think its too early to start petitioning about posthumous Award. Our effort should be geared towards containing the spread to ensure that the whole country is not wiped away from the deadly disease. when we have succeeded, then we can sit down and count the number of persons to give award whether post homous or otherwise. God help us in Jesus Name. Amen.

    • Dee

      August 20, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      My point exactly

    • i no send

      August 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      i strongly agree with sylvia..this outbreak is still on the loose so we should for now concentrate of containing it…. that way her sacrifice will not be in vain..

  12. *gbemi*

    August 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

    strongly agree.. Brave and selfless ..May God reward her immensely

  13. Dee

    August 20, 2014 at 8:30 am

    RIP Dr. Adadevoh. Amazing woman.

  14. yemisi

    August 20, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Was so hurt when i heard the news this morning dont even know what here immediate family will be going through now. RIP Ma

  15. Tara

    August 20, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Stella can be so dramatic……

  16. Moyo

    August 20, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This is so sad, she spent all her life saving others and lost her own in the process. Rest in peace Dr Adadevoh

  17. nd

    August 20, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I Cried whn i heard she’s dead. oh God; so painful. rest in peace, wht a world.

  18. Marie Antoinette

    August 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Smh @ Stella Damasus, sometimes I wonder if she has a brain. So it’s a posthumous award that is more important to her instead of petitioning FG to intensify their efforts at curbing the spread of this disease, recalling sacked resident doctors, meeting the demands of striking doctors etc.

    The doctor died a HERO…no Nigerian will ever forget her and how she fought. God bless her soul.

    Pray for her family and loved ones.

    • slice

      August 20, 2014 at 1:46 pm

      Let Stella do this one and you can do the other things you mentioned

    • Bem

      August 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      I agree, some of us only know how to criticise others, we never do anything of her own. This is what stella wants to do , so let it be.

  19. pelly

    August 20, 2014 at 9:16 am

    she was a doctor per excellence. she knew the public health implications of sawyers madness. RIP madam.

  20. Linda

    August 20, 2014 at 9:22 am

    didnt find a link

  21. sisi jules

    August 20, 2014 at 9:25 am

    true talk.

  22. T.Girl

    August 20, 2014 at 9:39 am

    I agree

  23. sady

    August 20, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Rip to her so sad, she deserve the award pls give her

  24. queent

    August 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

    Well said

  25. sum1special

    August 20, 2014 at 10:01 am

    OMG….So sad….RIP Dr

  26. al

    August 20, 2014 at 10:20 am

    one word… pathetic! Yea, this is a good cause. But does she have to always shed tears this way. it sends one message across when she pulls such stunt …. attention seeker!

  27. charity

    August 20, 2014 at 10:23 am

    May her gentle soul rest in peace. Amen

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    August 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Would be great. And also for the nurses too.
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  29. Tlop

    August 20, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Stella can really be soo dramatic! Heaven bless ur soul ma, Rip

  30. alexgute

    August 20, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I concur totally. She deserves d award and more for d heroic feat

  31. Omas

    August 20, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Yes,i agree.

  32. x-factor

    August 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Naija.com wrote:
    Stella Ameyo Adadevoh
    There’s a statue in Yaba, Lagos, of a man, whom many in Nigeria have forgotten. His family never have. And now, we all have a chance to remember him, and in a way, to honour him. He is the man on our one Naira coin.
    Herbert Olayinka Samuel Heelas Badmus Macaulay, had a daughter, Sarah Idowu Abigail, who would get married and give birth to a son, Babatunde Kwaku Adadevoh. Babatunde would grow up to become a doctor, and have kids of his own. One of these children, Stella Ameyo, became, like her father, a doctor.
    She would go on to work at a hospital in Obalende, Lagos, First Consultant Hospital, not very far from where her famous ancestor was once imprisoned by the British. It was to be at that that place of work that Stella Ameyo was to perform an act that would save the lives of possibly hundreds of thousands, and sacrifice her own in return.
    On July 20, 2014, a patient was wheeled in from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport. Patrick Sawyer, the patient, had shown signs of high fever during his flight from Monrovia, and was taken straight from the airport to the hospital. By the next day, his condition had deteriorated, and he was immediately placed under observation, while his blood sample was taken, and sent for tests. That same day, Mr. Sawyer insisted, with the help of officials of the Liberian Embassy, on being discharged. Stella Ameyo, as supervising doctor, stood her ground that he should not leave the hospital. It was at that point, while reinserting his needles, that she came in contact with him, and in effect signed her own death warrant. One of her junior colleagues, Justina Obi Ejelonu, who had the day before when Sawyer was brought in, helped in checking him, also assisted in placing him back in care. Like Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, Justina Obi Ejelonu, has passed away.
    There is no other word to describe the actions of both women, and indeed their entire facility. In preventing the escape of this patient who had insisted on leaving, in his condition, for Calabar, 750 kilometres away, both women saved countless lives. What if Mr. Sawyer had decided that the best way to go to Calabar was to go to Jibowu and take a bus? Even if he’d chosen to go by air, which would have made his fellow passengers that much easier to trace, the potential damage is incalculable.
    The most tragic part of the passing of both women is that they cannot even be buried decently, and with all the respect that their sacrifice demands. The very bug that cut them down is so virulent, so unforgiving, that even that honour, will be deprived them.
    The sacrifice that Dr. Adadevoh and Nurse Ejelonu have made is the highest form of sacrifice that any man, or woman, can make for his, or her, fellow human being. It is said that there is no greater love than to lay down your life for your friend. Both women, and their colleague, put their lives on the line for 170 million of their fellow citizens, many of whom do not even understand the concept of what it means to be a citizen. The very least that Nigeria can do in appreciation, is to honour them. I have a suggestion for such an honour, and not some meaningless title or coin which will soon fall out of use. Nigeria should declare August 19 each year a national holiday, and in the names of both women. That way, some Nigerian child in six decades can ask his parent, “Mummy, who is Stella Ameyo Adadevoh?” And the parent can reply, “That woman saved my life, and the lives of all of us”. It is the least we can do. It is the least we should do.

    • Trina

      August 20, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      WOW! WOW! WOW!

      Except the “national holiday” part which I consider a little over the top, this entire comment is just…WOW!

      Awwww Herbert Macaulay’s granddaughter? Eya. Family of the distinguished.

    • Happy baby

      August 20, 2014 at 12:28 pm

      well said.

    • Alero

      August 20, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      This piece, this comment is heart wrenching. I feel so sober. Doctor Stella and Nurse Ejelonu, May God rest your beautiful souls.

    • Desert Rainbow

      August 20, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      This gave me goosebumps.Nothing more to add.

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 20, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      It really puts it into perspective for me. Thank you for sharing. Like Trina said, I’m not sure about the National Holiday really representing the sort of honour which both women (and indeed, all the medical professionals whose lives were at risk as they carried out their duties on that night of Patrick Sawyer’s ill-fated arrival) deserve as a lasting memorial of their dedicated service.

      Maybe creating a medical institute or a foundation will serve more use for their legacy. This woman and her team literally saved millions of people from untold mayhem.

    • jcsgrl

      August 20, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Wow amazing…she comes from a genealogy of greatness. I also think the public holiday is OTT, but yes to signing this petition to honor her and other medical personnel who laid down their lives for us. As we celebrate them here on earth, may heaven celebrate them as well

    • tunmi

      August 20, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      Where did you get this information? I’m not trying to be rude I am just amazed. And I do agree, the two women saved us

    • Trina

      August 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      The first line has the clue tunmi…happy sleuthing.

    • Wale

      August 20, 2014 at 2:48 pm

      I completely agree with you. But isn’t life ironic when you read about Dr. Adadevoh’s ancestry. What even makes it more interesting is the proximity of the satute to the prison and hospital. That she was the Senior Consultant in a hospital named First Consultant. Can all these be a coincidence or has all these been ordained. Maybe God loves our dear country after all and this was a tragic way to prepare the country for a big disaster by sacrificing people of significance. Now, everyone is now aware is Ebola and our government have adequately prepared impressively. In future, we know what to do ahead of time when another impending disaster is on our radar. The national day shouldn’t be Aug 19, but rather the first day Patrick Sawyer came in contact with all the hospital staff at First consultant. That day should be a day set aside to honor all those first responders that give of themselves, selflessly.
      One more observation, on a professional level, there are not that many endocrinologists in the world, and she had 30 yrs experience in this field. I imagine there are very few doctors with this credential in Nigeria-so on that level her death was a massive loss.

    • sandra

      August 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      This is so moving honestly you got me crying! These women are the true role models that today’s youths should emulate, not some half naked women or men! Our future leaders should imbibe these traits

  33. NaijaPikin

    August 20, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I agree with comments here. These health workers should be honored. But lets remember she was supported by a team. A 25 yr old nurse died last week. Lets also celebrate the nurse. Lets show that we value every life, not just the ones we know personally.

  34. Sugar

    August 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Just read the Germany story as regards the Nigerian that collapsed. In as much as I’m gutted that we’re in the news in light of so many sad tales, I’m so impressed at the system that works in Germany, this is the action taken when there is crisis. Though I support the posthumus award, but as far as our leadership is concerned, it will only encourage mediocrity, I I still would rather it serves as a call for our society, leaders and individuals to work hard at attaining greatness for this great nation, so we can all collectively have a system that works. RIP Ma and thank you for giving us your all

  35. peace

    August 20, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I TOTALLY AGREED TOO

  36. wunmi

    August 20, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    Thank you Dr Ameyo Adadevoh & Nurse Justina Obi Ejelonufor plus many unnamed staff of the First Consultant Hospital for saving a lot of Nigerians (Myself & my family inclusive) from a more catastrophic epidemic. I did not know you personally but the little you did has touched my life. I mourn with your families & pray that (if not your bodies) but your souls can rest in perfect peace

  37. metche

    August 20, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    May the gentle soul of Dr. Adadevoh and Nurse Ejelonu and others that lost their lives in the course of this deadly disease Rest in Perfect Peace. Amen. @X-Factor thanks for the details.
    @Stella I quiet agree with you but I thinks its too early for this. Lets join our hands together to put a stop to this disease so that it doesn’t spread more and then we can come back and talk about the Posthumous award..

  38. Tomato

    August 20, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    this is a good summary of how I feel as well as many other Nigerians.
    Dr. Ameyo and her colleagues are Nigerian HEROES!! which is rarer than finding a needle in the atlantic ocean. May the good Lord grant her family and loved ones, comfort through this very sad time.
    May the Nigerian Government also learn the need to empower its people with good education, infrastructure and amenities as this could have been a different story should Sawyer have arrived in one of our MANY run down, over crowded and ill equipped so called health facilities.
    Nigerians stand up as one now and demand for good education, water supply, infrastructure, improved education, power etc… how do you ask people with no running water in their homes to wash their hands frequently? Or avoid crowded places when their 1 room apartments house a family of 8 or more? or not to urinate in public when there are no public toilets???
    Tomato

  39. Olori Tari

    August 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    I wish this woman will stop crying and shedding tears every now and then. Not everytime crocodile tears, just to make a point. Sometimes, be YOU and yes, we can still be concerned. Tbh, the tears I’m seeing in the picture has put me off watching the video or even trying to hear her out. It’s almost like “yeah.. she is here to cry again as usual”. Baby girl, leave it yeah!

  40. Olori Tari

    August 20, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Re: my previous comment. My BAD! Just realised the picture is from a previous crocodile tears video and not off recent and that there’s no video. I take back my comment then but hian too much of seeing her dramatic ways made me jump into conclusion.

  41. vickky

    August 21, 2014 at 8:43 am

    @X-factor, well written.
    @Wale, Ameyo Adadevoh’s entire medical career wasn’t up to 25 years. Her years as a consultant were fewer.
    I also agree totally that Dr Adadevoh should be commended.
    Most doctors were aware of the Ebola outbreak which commenced as far back as February. I was, but our preparation for it as a nation, was reactive not proactive.
    As for Mr Sawyer, I believe he deliberately imported the virus either to draw global attention to the scourge, or to make sure that Nigeria joins in the “joys” of such a terrible disease. Who knows if he didn’t have some beef against Nigeria dating back to the Liberian civil war and the role of ECOMOG?
    May God have mercy on us all.

  42. Stella Kashmoney

    August 21, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    May her soul rest in perfect peace. Stella Damasus loves attention sha.

  43. Khaleesi

    August 22, 2014 at 1:16 am

    what about all the other doctors? what about the nurses? why this one?

    • Trina

      August 22, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Becaaaaaaauuuuuuse SHE was the one who did everything to ensure Mr. Sawyer didn’t leave the hospital to cause more damage.

      Does that answer your question?

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