The story of the late Dr. Ameyoh Stella Adadevoh is a rare tale of heroism and sacrifice. A revered doctor of medicine, she was cut down by the very thing she swore to fight with integrity and purpose. Pulse.ng's Joey Akan gives a fitting assessment of the tribute she deserves.
Pride and pain. Those two emotions rarely mix in today's society. Pride is deeply associated with achievement, success, wealth, and an overbearing feeling of superiority. Pain comes from hurt,. compromise, ill-fortune, bad winds of fate, and ultimately, sacrifice.
The story of the late Dr. Ameyoh Stella Adadevoh is a rare tale of heroism and sacrifice. A revered doctor of medicine, she was cut down by the very thing she swore to fight with integrity and purpose. A graduate of The University of Lagos College of Medicine, she lost her life to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
A fine doctor from the elite class of the country, Dr Adadevoh spent a great part of her life – 21 years – practising Medicine at the First Consultants Medical Centre, Obalende, Lagos, where she was the Lead Consultant and Endocrinologist, a position which made her admit Patrick Sawyer, the first Ebola man, and treat him. But on the 19 of August 2014, she paid the price for heroism.
As the tears flowed deeply at her Night of tributes, the most touching words came from her son, Bankole Cardoso, who lost a pillar, but not his heart, as he wrote the words:
“My Mum paid the ultimate price to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria, and as the accolades grow louder; my heart swells with equal measure of great pride and great pain...Thank you for your many tributes and compassionate words of comfort. The calls from the Nigerian public, for a lasting tribute to mark her professional commitment leave me inspired and grateful that my dearest Mum (Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh) was given this opportunity to serve her country”.
Great Pride, Great Pain. A lasting tribute. That's the least of what she deserves.
A lasting tribute is one whose measure cannot be quantified nor determined. It's priceless. Dr Adadevoh dedicated her life to doing good and saving the world. One person at a time. And the only tribute that will last forever in her honour will be the eradication of EVD from the shores of this country. She died fighting the dreaded killer, and in her honour should the struggle to defeat it continue.
The Government should set up more centres for monitoring, isolation, study and treatment of confirmed and suspected cases of the virus. More funds should be made in the pursuit of knowledge and research to curb and prevent further development and spread. Organisations and professional bodies should exclusively be dedicated to this task, degrading, and ultimately destroying Ebola for the good of humanity.
Dr. Adadevoh is a modern day heroine who deserves the best of all the accolades and honours that can be bestowed posthumously. But for every award and honour she receives in death, only one task will give meaning to her loss – Defeating Ebola Virus Disease. The day we declare this nation Ebola-free, that will be the day Dr Adadevoh's sacrifice will be justified.
A disease-free Nigeria will be the greatest and most lasting tribute to the late Dr. Ameyoh Stella Adadevoh.