The Guild of Medical Directors yesterday at a ceremony gave an award to the First Consultant Hospital and the late Dr Stella Adadevoh for their distinguished service and the role they played in saving Nigeria from the Ebola virus disaster.
Veteran journalist Moji Makanjuola formerly of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) was also awarded alongside the first private hospital owner in Abuja, Dr Godwin T. Ajakpo.
Dr Stella Adadevoh, a practicing physician of over three decades died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and was awarded post-humously.
She was the one who diagnosed the Liberian diplomat, Mr Patrick Sawyer, of EVD at her First Consultant Hospital in Lagos.
Giving the award, the Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe said, “The award is very deserving as she was an outstanding professional. Through commitment and dedication, she put down her life for the country.”
Also speaking, a judge of the Federal High Court of Abuja, Justice Ishak Bello said, “Some people have passed away but their character makes them to continue living while some other people are alive but their character has killed them.”
Justice Ishak noted that “It is always important to bring honour upon deservers during their life time and not through the vicarious liability of their heirs long after they have gone to the great beyond.”
He added that although Dr Adadevoh has died, he was proud to be associated with the professional display by a member of the guild.
Responding, the President of the Guild in Abuja, Dr Ejike Orji, said that the work First Consultant Hospital did being the epicentre of the Ebola disease came out so clearly which made the guild decide that Adadevoh and the hospital must be honoured.
“They paid the supreme price for all of us to live and people think it is just for Nigeria. With the population of Nigeria alone and the peculiarity of Lagos, if Patrick Sawyer had stepped out and gone into that community, it would have been disaster for the whole world,” Dr Orji added