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Monday, 18 August 2014

Ebola: Health Minister denies mentioning name of discharged doctor

The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu on Sunday in Abuja said he never mentioned Dr. Adadevor as the female doctor who was treated and discharged of Ebola virus as reported by some sections of the media.

The minister’s reaction is contained in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Mr. Dan Nwomeh.

“It has been brought to the attention of the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, that the first Nigerian to be diagnosed of Ebola Virus Disease, a female doctor who treated the index case and who was discharged to go home yesterday, is being reported in some of the media to be one Dr. Adadevor.

“The minister wishes to clarify that the name of the patient is not Dr. Adadevor, this should be noted,’’ the statement stated.
Meanwhile the Guardian newspaper said the First Consultant Medical Centre Ikoyi, Lagos yesterday confirmed that only one of the two female doctors that were quarantined at the Infectious Disease Unit of the Lagos Mainland Hospital for having primary contact with the index case, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, had been discharged.
 The Medical Director of First Consultant Medical Centre, Dr. B. N. Ohiaeri, Sunday, in a telephone interview told the paper: “There were two female doctors. One of the female doctors has been discharged and she is clean, negative and fine. The other one is still there and still receiving treatment.”
   Ohiaeri further explained: “There are two female doctors. One is the senior one and the other, the junior one, a medical officer, has been discharged.”
The reports therefore indicates that Dr. Ameyo Adadevoh, a senior consultant at the First Consultant Medical Centre Ikoyi, Lagos who had been reported as the first Ebola survivor in the country is not actually the one but an unnamed  junior doctor in the hospital.

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