Saturday, October 27 would have been the 62nd birthday of Stella Adadevoh, the medical doctor who literarily gave her life to save Nigeria from the Ebola plague in 2014.
Encomiums were pours on the late Dr. Adadevoh, even as Google celebrated her with a Google Doodle, a special, temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s homepage that commemorates holidays, events, achievements, and people.
A frontline presidential candidate, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, joined many Nigerian who took to microblogging website, Twitter to honour the woman who prevented the spread of the deadly disease in the country by confining patient zero, Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who came to Nigeria with Ebola seeking for a spiritual cure.
Dr. Mimiko, the presidential candidate of the Zenith Labour Party, wrote, “Dr Stellah Adadevoh accepted death for our country. Remembering her valour and sacrifice in the face of the Ebola epidemic, is always a wake-up call to all and sundry that our country must come first, our religious, social, cultural and political affiliations irrespective.”
Dr Stellah Adadevoh accepted death for our country. Remembering her valour and sacrifice in the face of the Ebola epidemic, is always a wake-up call to all and sundry that our country must come first, our religious, social, cultural and political affiliations irrespective.
— Dr Olusegun Mimiko (@Segunmimiko) October 27, 2018
In a speech titled, The Greatest Miracle God Has Created, at a book launch in August, 2018, Mimiko also extolled Dr. Adadevoh calling her a true miracle and angel for Nigeria.
“I gave you an example of the miracles that we celebrate in Nigeria. But there’s one recent miracle that convinces me that God still rules in the affairs of our nation,” Dr. Mimiko said at the public presentation of Saved For His Praise, a book by Emeka Obasi, a respected publisher and journalist.
“Sometime in 2014, a Liberian took off from his country and his destination? Nigeria. His mission appeared harmless and routine, he was to attend a conference in Port Harcourt. But his real intention was to go to a prayer house.
“That man was Patrick Sawyer, the index case of Ebola in Nigeria. Now, let me tell you the miracle that God has done for this country. I think that the prayers of the saints have also helped us in this land.
“At this time, Ebola was not in Nigeria. Sawyer was the index case of the deadly disease in Nigeria, our country. He wanted to go to the Synagogue Church of All Nations in Ikotun, Lagos. At the Synagogue church, on a typical day, there would be 2,000 worshippers. As he stepped out of the airplane, what happened at the airport? He collapsed.
“God was saying, ‘This is my territory. Don’t advance beyond this!’
“That day public health workers were on strike, so the thought of taking him to a government hospital did not arise. Because of that strike, he was taken to a private hospital in Lagos.
“This is a case that highlights the fact that despite all our failings, we still have dedicated people in Nigeria.
“Within a day, Sawyer was feeling okay. He wanted to discharge himself. The doctor said, “No, you cannot go!” He said, “No be me get my body?” and wanted to discharge himself. He pulled off his IV drip line and tried to leave the hospital by force. But again, God created an angel there who knew the implication of allowing him to leave the hospital and going outside to interact with other Nigerians.
“Children of God, in this same country of ours. She prevented him from leaving the hospital. She resisted him physically and did not allow him to leave the hospital. In the process she got infected with the Ebola virus and later died for Nigeria.
“When you think of all of the landmarks. Why did he collapse at the airport? Can you imagine if Sawyer had made it to the Synagogue Church and interacted with thousands of Nigerians.
“And psychologically, he may have felt well for a few days and had time to interact with many more Nigerians. But God stopped him at the airport. God closed down those inefficient public hospitals. God just set everything in place. God put Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh there to serve as a protection for his children. I think such miracles still happen in Nigeria so those who pray for Nigeria, should continue to pray for Nigeria,” Mimiko, who is also a physician ended his speech.
Also, the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar celebrated her with a tweet calling for workplace safety for health workers.
“Today, I celebrate Dr. Stella Adadevoh, a true Nigerian hero,” the former vice president wrote. “I am happy Google, and indeed the world is honouring her today, but we will do her greater honour by ensuring that we improve workplace safety for medical practitioners and all workers.”
Today, I celebrate Dr Stella Adadevoh, a true Nigerian hero.
I am happy Google, and indeed the world is honouring her today, but we will do her greater honour by ensuring that we improve workplace safety for medical practitioners and all workers https://t.co/RbpEJM2IcJ
— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) October 27, 2018
Google Celebrates The Heroine
Google on Saturday, October 27, 2018, celebrated late physician whose expertise and heroic efforts curbed the spread of Ebola in Nigeria in 2014.
“Born in Lagos, Nigeria on this day in 1956, Dr. Adadevoh descended from a long line of respected scientists and statesmen,” Google wrote of her.
“Dr. Adadevoh completed her residency at Lagos University Teaching Hospital, LUTH, and West African College of Physicians and Surgeons before doing a Fellowship in London.
“Following her fellowship in Endocrinology at Hammersmith Hospital, she returned to Lagos, where she spent 21 years at the First Consultants Medical Centre and served as the Lead Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist,’’ Google said.