Ebola: Reps call for Dr. Stella Adedevoh’s Immortalization

In recognition of her contributions to curbing the spread of Ebola Virus Disease in 2014, the House of Representatives called for the immortalization of late Dr. Stella Adadevoh.

This was followed by the unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Akiolu Kayode (APC-Lagos) during the plenary session chaired by the Speaker of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, on Tuesday.

The house recalled that Adadevoh risked her life by quarantining an infected Liberian-American diplomat, Mr Patrick Sawyer, in an effort to curb the spread of Ebola virus disease in the country.

The green chamber remembered that the health sector was not ready for the outbreak and resulted in the death of Adadevoh and her medical team members, who had to deal with the resources at their disposal.

The house praised the courage and expertise of Adadevoh, which rescued Nigeria from the impact of an uncontrolled virus outbreak, as well as supporting the virus ‘ quick, tactical and organized containment process.

The legislature stated that on Oct. 20, 2014, the World Health Organization proclaimed the country to be Ebola-free.

“The house is aware that Nigeria reported a total of eight deaths out of twenty cases of Ebola, including 11 health workers, five of whom died, including courageous Dr. Adadevoh, who died on 19 August 2014.” The house expressed concern that failure to give due recognition to the heroic actions of the doctor and her team could dampen the spirit of patriotism among Nigerians.

It noted that Adadevoh was named after a national college or one of the teaching hospitals of the nation as a way to immortalize her.
The Green Chamber also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to award on her a proper National Posthumous Honor.

In addition, the house called on the Ministry of Education and other relevant authorities to ensure that the actions of Adadevoh and other such national heroes are included in the country’s civic education curricula in order to encourage patriotism and nationalism among young people.

To memory of Adadevoh, her medical team and all the Nigerians who lost their lives to the disease, the members also observed a minute of silence.

In a similar motion, moved by Rep. Paschal Obi (APM-IMO), the house called on the Ministry of Health to deploy necessary materials and staff at airports, seaports and land borders to check for possible Ebola Virus spread.

It recalled the recent outbreak of the virus in March in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which reported more than 1,000 cases of Ebola infection.

The house commended the Federal Government for its efforts to address the risk in 2014, but expressed concern about the need for measures to be put in place to prevent recurrence.

It urged the Health Ministry to evaluate and approve emergency preparedness for unforeseen epidemics in the country.
It also urged the federal government to allocate funds to manage Ebola should it happen again.

The Green Chamber mandated the Healthcare Services and Health Institutions Committees to ensure compliance for both motions.