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Thursday, October 30, 2014

LATE DR. STELLA ADADEVOH'S FAMILY UNVEILS HEALTH TRUST


The family of the late Dr. Stella Ameyo Adadevoh, who lost her life in a bid to prevent an Ebola outbreak in Nigeria, has immortalized the late heroine of the Ebola war through a Trust.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the family also announced the official launch of the Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust website, www.drasatrust.org.

“The Trust is a registered nonprofit created to continue Dr. Adadevoh’s legacy and provide support and funding to advance Nigeria’s healthcare system. The Trust works through collaboration and partnership with organizations and associations committed to its main objectives and owns and manages an endowment fund which is open to individual and institutional contributions,” the statement said.
 It however noted that “The Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh Health Trust is not affiliated with the Ameyo Adadevoh Scholarship Fund created by the NGO Nurture My Future.”


A heroine and patriot, Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh was the doctor who identified and contained the index Ebola patient in Nigeria in July 2014. She was the lead physician and endocrinologist at a family clinic and had never seen Ebola before, but was able to correctly diagnose Ebola and resist the pressure she received to release the patient before the diagnosis was confirmed. However, because the Nigerian health system was not prepared for an Ebola outbreak at the time, she contracted Ebola and died. As a result of her keen perception, courage, and steadfastness, all subsequent Ebola cases in Nigeria could be traced to a single path of transmission originating with the index case. This is what differentiated the outbreak in Nigeria from the ongoing, growing outbreaks in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Largely due to her efforts, Nigeria was declared Ebola-free on 20 October 2014.

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