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For the Heroes we Lost to Ebola: A Tribute to Dr. Adadevoh & Others




“I will keep them from harm and injustice.” A quote from the Hippocratic Oath.

Although referring specifically to the care of patients, that singular line exemplifies the altruistic nature of health care professionals like Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, who laid down her life for the greater good.

Obi Justina Ejelonu BellaNaija

Obi Justina Ejelonu

According to several accounts, Adadevoh, who was the lead consultant physician at First Consultants Medical Centre in Obalende, prevented Ebola-infected patient, Patrick Sawyer from leaving the hospital, after he ripped his IV from his arm. It was while trying to keep the patient confined, that Adadevoh reportedly got infected.

Many have said that had she not prevented Sawyer from leaving the hospital, he would probably have infected many more people.

Her selfless actions, along with other health care workers, kept us from the harm of potentially being at a higher risk of contracting the disease, and protected us from the injustice of the consequences of Sawyer’s presence in our country.

Today, we honour not just Adadevoh but also all the other brave doctors and nurses who have died while trying to contain the spread of Ebola.

We remember Obi Justina Ejelonu, who also contracted the virus while administering treatment to Sawyer; Miguel Pajares, the Spanish missionary priest who contracted Ebola while working in Liberia; Sheik Umar Khan, Sierra Leone’s top doctor who treated over 100 Ebola patients,  and everyone else who has died while trying to save Ebola patients.

Khan, head doctor fighting the deadly tropical virus Ebola in Sierra Leone, poses in Freetown

Sheik Umar Khan

We also celebrate those healthcare practitioners who continue to care for those afflicted by the deadly disease, working tirelessly to make them whole again and bring them back to life.

As the world clamours for the ultimate Ebola panacea, let us not forget the valuable lessons that Adadevoh and other healthcare Ebola casualties have taught us: Selflessness is the ultimate panacea for healing the wounds that afflict humanity. Being our brother and sister’s keeper is ultimately what saves lives.

Moremi Elekwachi is a Brand Communications expert with over 13 years of experience both locally and internationally. She is the CEO of Euphorique PR, a full-service Public Relations & Marketing Communications agency that helps clients achieve maximum visibility and impact through innovative strategies that cut through the noise. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia, and a Master’s Degree in Marketing Communications from the University of Southern California, in addition to a certification in Integrated Brand Experience from Orange Academy. Prior to establishing Euphorique PR, she worked at prestigious media companies including Wondros (Los Angeles, CA), Wildflower PR, and BellaNaija, where she served as Assistant Editor and Business Development Manager.


  1. sandra

    August 22, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Yes, we honour them! Dr. Adadevoh is a role model of a good Nigerian doctor, she has saved many lives and prevented the scourge of ebola from taking countless Nigerian souls. May God bless her and the family she left behind. It is just so heartbreaking that she couldn’t survive the ebola illness, this is what makes it so shattering for me. I also feel so pained about the nurse that died, it is so painful honestly! May God comfort her family

    Adieu dear doctor! God bless you and keep you in his wonderful arms. May God help our country Nigeria and may God bless the doctors and medical staff who are working to help to contain ebola in Nigeria.

  2. Tootsy

    August 22, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    May their souls rest in peace *Amen*

  3. O g o

    August 22, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Aaaah imagine untimely death.Sawyer had completed his’s a pity!

  4. Opsy

    August 22, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Well said…

    May their souls find eternal rest and may we conquer this epidemic soon by God’s grace, Amen!!!

  5. Authentic Sunshine

    August 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    May their souls rest in peace………………

  6. Myne Whitman

    August 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    May their souls rest in peace and God console those they left behind. Amen. I also pray for those battling the disease now, for healing and full recovery.

  7. @edDREAMZ

    August 22, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Just downloaded their pics, they will always remain in my phone and will never be deleted…..

  8. Tt

    August 22, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Watching ‘Contagion’ movie now
    lt makes this stuff scary
    God pls save us from this pestilence o

  9. quex

    August 22, 2014 at 9:12 pm

    Lord Rest their souls in ur bossom

  10. Evergreen

    August 22, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    May their souls find eternal rest… Amen!

  11. Lauren's mom

    August 22, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    May the souls of the dearly departed Rest in Peace..Amen

  12. encore

    August 22, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    R.I.P Selfless heroes! You will never be forgotten!!!

  13. Peye

    August 22, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    She has done well. Many health worker do heroic things daily in Nigeria, going beyond what duty demands but they’re not noticed. should they have to die before they will be honoured? 2 doctors were discharged in Nigeria from the infectious disease center in Nigeria, their names were not seen, an american doctor was discharged and everyone knows. when are we going to start valuing our people?

    • Africhic

      August 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Our doctors were not announced because of Stigma. Americans think differently from us in things like tis.

  14. mimi

    August 22, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    may they all rest in peace…Amen!!!

  15. Lanre

    August 22, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    May God grant their families the heart to bear their loss and realise that they died as heroes. THis is so painful though but only God in his infinite mercy understands

  16. Uzo

    August 22, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    Well said…..

  17. NNENNE

    August 22, 2014 at 11:48 pm

    They all deserve to be honored.
    Their names should be immortalized as a reference point for the generations, yet unborn.
    Not sycophant ceremonies.

  18. babygiwa

    August 23, 2014 at 12:10 am

    This is so heartbreaking. What they did and what others are still doing to care for Ebola patients got me all teary eyed. Such selflessness, such care for a country and a people who are not known to really care. May the soul of dr Adadevoh and others rest in perfect peace and paradise, amen.

  19. aseye

    August 23, 2014 at 1:30 am

    *AMEYO ADADEVO* sounds Ghanaian…..
    I thought the minister denied she had died

  20. aseye

    August 23, 2014 at 8:52 am

    AMEYO ADADEVO that sounds Ghanaian. I thought the minister said she was not the one who died

  21. Catie

    August 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

    The federal govt should build a standard, well equipped infectious disease center named Stella Adadevoh infectious disease center in Her honour. That’s the least they could do.

  22. Aderonke#bringbackourgirls

    August 23, 2014 at 10:52 am

    They all deserved to be honored. It was something that our govt could v prevented and the least they can can do now is to honor. May their souls rest in peace!

  23. Keziah

    August 23, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Rest in peace to all, I pray that the Lord give comfort and strength to all the families involved amen.

  24. AdaRohit

    August 23, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    may their souls rest in peace and I pray [email protected] God will cleanse our land of dis deadly disease.

  25. Tina Ak.

    August 26, 2014 at 11:04 am

    May their gentle souls rest in the bosom of God Almighty

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