Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, the most senior doctor who contracted Ebola Virus disease after attending to Nigeria first index case, the Liberian American, Patrick Sawyer, is dead.
Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, the Health Minister, who announced Adadevoh's death, described her as an experienced consultant physician, endocrinologist. Adadevoh was Lead Consultant with First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos, where Sawyer was treated before he died of Ebola disease.
The death of Adadevoh was announced via a statement by Dan Nwomeh, Chukuwu's Special Assistant on media on Tuesday night.
“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.
“With this unfortunate development, the total number of Ebola Virus-related deaths in Nigeria now stand at five. The other two patients currently under treatment in the isolation wards are stable and are being taken care of,” said the Minister.
With the passing away of the doctor, 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, the Minister indicated in the statement.