Dr. Ameyo Stella Adedavoh, the doctor who was the first to attend to Liberian-American Patrick Sawyer, has died.
The death of Adadevoh, which occurred on Tuesday, has not yet been confirmed by Nigeria’s health authorities. But a source close to the Adadevoh confirmed her passing to SaharaReporters.
Adedavoh becomes the fourth Nigerian to die from the virus, excluding Sawyer.
The Honourable Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, later confirmed the death but avoided mentioning her name. His Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dan Nwomeh, released a statement on his behalf, saying the death of “one of the primary contacts of the index Ebola Virus Disease case, the most senior doctor who participated in the management of the patient, a female consultant physician,” occurred this evening.
The statement added: “With this unfortunate development, the total number of Ebola Virus-related deaths in Nigeria now stands at five. The other two patients currently under treatment in the isolation wards are stable and are being taken care of.”