Nigeria health minister, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu has promised that Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh and two Nurses who died from Ebola Virus Disease in the course of managing the Liberian-American importer of the disease, Patrick Sawyer did not die in vain.
The minister who was answering questions from newsmen shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa Abuja, today, said that government is working out some package for them.
He described late Dr. Adadevoh as a patriotic and courageous Nigerians who single-handedly stopped late Sawyer from moving out of Lagos airport into another parts of the country.
“Nigeria would been in a serious disaster now if it were not the effort of Dr. Adadevoh who insisted that Sawyer would not be allowed to pass through Lagos after he was diagnosed to be carrier of the deadly disease.”
Professor Chukwu praised the courage of the late senior medical consultant and said that government felt very concern about her death and the death of two Nurses who died earlier.
The minister would not want to single out only Dr. Adadevoh for special treatment from the Nurses, “but the fact that she led the medical team that prevented Sawyer from moving out of Lagos and also to manage him until he died needs to be appreciated.”
The minister expressed confidence in the determination of the government, working with various interest groups to quickly tackle the Ebola diseases, even as he acknowledged the contributions of people in private sector, including Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Tony Elumelu Foundation and others.
Professor Chukwu appealed to media practitioners to join hand with the government to fight and control the disease, warning against sensationalising the issue involved.
The minister spoke to newsmen along with his information counterpart, Labaran Maku, minister of state for Power and that for Health as well as the Director General of the Directorate of Public Procurement (DPP), Chief Eze. [myad]