Old Girls To Immortalize Late Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh With N250 Million Naira Multipurpose Edifice - Paul Ukpabio's Blog


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Saturday, 15 May 2021

Old Girls To Immortalize Late Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh With N250 Million Naira Multipurpose Edifice

As part of efforts to immortalize a national heroine, Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh (1956-2014) and commemorate the 8th anniversary of her death, the alumnae of the famous Queen's School, Ibadan, Oyo State are to build a befitting edifice comprising an Assembly hall, an Information Technology Hub, a Skills Acquisition center among other specialized classrooms and offices in the school, in her memory at her Alma mater.

The launching of the N250 Million naira project comes up on Saturday 22nd May 2021, at the Bell Event Centre, Campbell Street, Lagos at 11.00 am. The chief launcher for the event is no other than a renowned father of philanthropy Sir Kesington Adebukunola Adebutu OON, CON, the Odole Oodua, to be supported by co-launchers of repute, including captains of industries and our Royal fathers.

It is being planned under the current National President of the Association, Dr Taiwo Adamson, a former Provost and Medical Director of the famous Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro Abeokuta. It is a passionate project initiative by the alumnae of Queen's School Ede/Ibadan Old Girls Association, (QSOGA).

Speaking further on the project, Mrs Funlola Ajogbasile, the National Publicity Officer, of the Association, herself, a retired school principal in Ogun State, said the objective is to ensure that the memory of the deceased amazon lives on, it is also, to partner with government in improving the educational sector in the country and to engender selfless service in the "Girl-Child."

In a statement circulated to the media, Ajogbasile averred: "We have decided to immortalize one of our own
"As an old girl of the school, we have decided to celebrate her bravery and sacrifice; she is the
heroine of our time".

"The medical doctor laid down her life in order to save Nigerians". She held down the index case, late Mr Sawyer (a Liberian American) from escaping from the First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, Lagos in July 2014, thereby stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Adadevoh attended the famous Queens School from 1969 to 1973 and thereafter, proceeded to the University of Lagos Medical School at Idi-Araba, Lagos. She moved on to work at the First Consultant Hospital, Obalende, in
Lagos Island until her untimely death.

During the President Goodluck Jonathan administration, Adadevoh had shot into the limelight when as the lead physician and endocrinologist at the Medical Centre averted a national catastrophe by her refusal to discharge the late Mr Patrick Sawyer, despite all entreaties from the Liberian Government officials, and others.

Dr Adadevoh had never managed an Ebola case before but had the presence of mind and brilliance to properly diagnose ebola disease in Mr Sawyer, and to seek help to contain it.

The World Health Organisation declared the country Ebola-free on 20 October 2014, this attracted international and local accolades for Adadevoh.

On 4 August 2014, it was confirmed that Dr Ameyo Adadevoh had tested positive for the Ebola virus disease and was being treated. Adadevoh and three of her colleagues, from the First Consultant Hospital, were among the eight health workers who contracted the virus and died, thus paying the supreme sacrifice for their fellow men and women.

Adadevoh was born in Lagos in October 1956. Her father was Prof Babatunde Adadevoh, a professor of chemical pathology and a former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos between 1978 and 1980.

Her paternal great-grandfather was the Nigerian nationalist, Herbert Samuel Macaulay who established Nigeria’s first political party.

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