Names of persons that died of Ebola in Nigeria…What are the Names of those that died of Ebola in Nigeria? How many doctors died from Ebola in Nigeria?

When the deadly Ebola virus hit Nigeria in 2014, a total of 19 persons including the index case, Patrick Sawyer, was infected and a total number of 7 persons died from the virus including the index case, the amiable medical doctor Dr Stella Adadevoh and a young nurse Nrs Justina Obioma Ejelonu. A total of 3 doctors died of Ebola in Nigeria, the fourth doctor that was infected with Ebola, Dr Ada Igonoh, survived.

For the sake of history, below are Names of those that died of Ebola in Nigeria….

Names of persons that died of Ebola in Nigeria

1. Patrick Sawyer

Patrick Oliver Sawyer (c.1974 – 24 July 2014) was a Liberian-American lawyer who was notable for being the index case for the introduction of Ebola virus disease into Nigeria during the West African Ebola epidemic. Sawyer was a naturalized U.S. citizen who lived in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. He has been variously described as working for the Liberian Ministry of Finance and for the mining company ArcelorMittal as their national manager for public health. He was aged 40 at the time of his death (of Ebola).

Names of those that died of Ebola in Nigeria
The late Patrick Sawyer allegedly “brought” Ebola to Nigeria. Image Credit: Sahara Reporters

2. Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh

A national hero, Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh is credited with helping to curb a wider spread of the Ebola virus in Nigeria by placing the patient zero, Patrick Sawyer, in quarantine despite pressure from the Liberian government. When threatened by Liberian officials who wanted the patient to be discharged to attend a conference, she resisted the pressure and said, “for the greater public good” she would not release him. She is known 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. 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 survived by her husband Afolabi and son Bankole among other relatives.

Names of persons that died of Ebola in Nigeria
Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh died of Ebola in 2014

3. Nrs Justina Obioma Ejelonu

As at the time Justina Obioma Elejenu succumbed to the deadly Ebola virus disease, she was pregnant. Nurse Justina Obioma Ejelonu (1989-2014) contracted Ebola on her first day at work at First Consultants Medical Centre, Lagos, on July 21, 2014, after she had attended to Patrick Sawyer, the Liberian man who brought the disease to Nigeria.

Names of those that died of Ebola in Nigeria
Justina Obioma Ejelonu died a heroine.

The first nurse that died of Ebola in Nigeria, Ejelonu was two-month pregnant but the disease made her had a miscarriage. Due to lack of care, the dead foetus began to rotten in her womb which worsened her health before she eventually succumbed to death on August 14, 2014. She was only 25. Justina Obioma Ejelonu was a Nigerian patriot who died in active service and her sacrifice will forever be remembered.

4. Evelyn Uko

Please also honour the late Evelyn Uko, nurse maid, who also attended to the index case of the Ebola virus disease. She is reported to have left behind the four children she was raising as a widow. She was an elderly woman who was also a cleaner in the hospital at first consultants. Mrs Evelyn Uko worked in First Consultants Hospital for 31 years. According to a statement released by the Management of First Consultants: “Mrs Evelyn Uko was a widow, a single parent raising four children, she died living those children with us, multiple tragedy because the four children were kicked out of the home because of the stigma.”

Number of persons that died of Ebola in Nigeria
Evelyn Uko died of Ebola in Nigeria (Sorry image is not very clear)

5. Dr Amos Abaniwo

Dr Amos Abaniwo graduated from the prestigious University of Benin… He was referred to by his friend as a devout Christian and deeply religious… While in the University, Dr Abaniwo was a member of the Scripture Union where he rose to later become the President. Dr Amos Abaniwo worked for 16 years in First Consultant Hospital as an Anesthesiologist and he later rose to become the Director of Clinical Services. Just like Dr Stella Adadevoh, he also contracted the deadly Ebola virus from Patrick Sawyer and didn’t survive it. Sorry, the picture of Dr Amos Abaniwo is not very clear but this is all I could get.

Dr Amos Abaniwo
Dr Amos Abaniwo

6. Dr. Iyke Enemuo

Dr. Iyke Enemuo was reported to have secretly treated Ebola-infected ECOWAS diplomat, Olu-Ibukun Koye, in a Port Harcourt hotel.

Doctor Iyke Sam Enemuo became infamous after it was reported that he secretly treated someone who was infected with Ebola despite knowing the risks involved.

Enemuo reportedly died on August 22, 2014 after he was allegedly infected by ECOWAS diplomat Olu-Ibukun Koye who he treated in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.

Names of those that died of Ebola in Nigeria
Dr. Iyke Enemuo, died of Ebola virus in Port Harcourt. Credit: Nigerianecho

The late doctor was vilified in many quarters for being involved with the spread of Ebola to Port Harcourt (Rivers State) and many have attributed his actions to a quest for financial gain. His friends and colleagues however think otherwise. It is worthy of note that Dr Enemuo successfully treated Olu-Ibukun Koye (survived the disease) but he (Enemuo) contracted the disease and died. As at his time of death, Enemuo and his wife have a three-month old female child.

We will continue to remember Dr Stella Adadevoh, Nurse Justina Ejelonu, Evelyn Uko, Dr Amos Abaniwo, Dr Iyke Enemuo and others – who died in the line of duty and made one of the biggest sacrifices for #Nigeria. Their work will continue to inspire us.








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