Discover Dr Ameyo Adadevoh


Ameyo Adadevoh (born Ameyo Stella Shade Adadevoh; 27 October 1956 – 19 August 2014) was a Nigerian physician.

Her great-grandfather, Herbert Macaulay, is one of the most celebrated founders of modern Nigeria. Her grandfather was from the illustrious Adadevoh family of the Volta Region of Ghana, to which she was very much connected, though she lived in Lagos. Her father was a physician and former Vice chancellor of the University of Lagos. She was also the grand niece of Nigeria's first president Nnamdi Azikiwe.

She is credited with having curbed a wider spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria by placing the patient zero, Patrick Sawyer, in quarantine despite pressures from the Liberian Government. On 4 August 2014, it was confirmed that she had tested positive for Ebola virus disease and was being treated.

Adadevoh died in the afternoon of 19 August 2014. She was posthumously praised for preventing the Nigerian index case from leaving the hospital at the time of diagnosis, thereby playing a key role in curbing the spread of the virus in Nigeria. Adadevoh was survived by her husband Afolabi and son Bankole among other relatives.



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