The first case of survival from the deadly Ebola virus decease (EVD) on the Nigerian territory has been indeed registered in the late hours of August 16, 2014, Saturday. However, not Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, but another female medical worker has been discharged.
According to a new statement by the Ministry of Health, Dr. Adadevoh, in fact, has not been discharged.
Instead of her, a nurse, whose name was simply given as Ada, has reportedly recovered and left home on August 17, 2014, Sunday. The details are not given in order not to seed panic in communities, and for security reasons also. All what is known is that the lady is a medical officer at the same hospital, where Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, who imported the EVD to Nigeria, passed away on July 25.
The sad aspect of this story is that Dr. Adadevoh’s condition is actually not improving. According to a family source, who spoke with SaharaReporters, the treatment she received has not positive effect. The source also confirmed that Dr. Adadevoh is suffering in the isolation centre.
It would be noted that Dr. Adadevoh was the first Nigerian to be diagnosed with EVD. The doctor, as well as other people whose cases have been confirmed gained lots of support and triggered a campaign on social media – #GiveThemExperimentalDrugs
At the moment of filing the present report, there is no confirmation neither on delivery, nor on commencement of the treatment with ZMapp experimental drug
Below, read a statement (unedited) which became available to the press:
It has been brought to the attention of the Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Onyebunchi Chukwu, that the first Nigerian to be diagnosed of Ebola Virus Disease, a female doctor who treated the index case and who was discharged home from the ward yesterday, is being reported in some sections of the media to be one Dr. Adadevoh.
The Honourable Minister wished to clarify that the name of the patient is not Dr. Adadevoh. This should be noted.
The minister’s statement yesterday, while indicating that it was a female doctor, did not indicate the name of the patient.
Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Minister