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Ameyo Adadevoh

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 16 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7558
  1. Anne Gulland, London
  1. annecgulland{at}

Physician and endocrinologist who was instrumental in containing the Ebola epidemic in Nigeria

On 20 October 2014 the World Health Organization declared Nigeria free of Ebola. Nigeria witnessed just 20 cases of the disease, including eight deaths. As in the rest of West Africa, the death toll was high among healthcare workers, and it included Ameyo Adadevoh—one of the doctors who treated the country’s index case of Ebola.

In a long article on its website, WHO praised the many public officials whose hard work ensured that this devastating disease did not affect Nigeria as badly as neighbouring Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia.1 Although Adadevoh’s name was not mentioned in the report, she has been widely credited with ensuring that the disease was contained in the sprawling city of Lagos.

Jeffrey Hawkins, the US consul general in Nigeria, said at the beginning of the outbreak in July: “The last thing anyone in the world wants to hear is the two words ‘Ebola’ and ‘Lagos’ in the same sentence,” as it conjures up images of an “apocalyptic urban outbreak.”

At the end of July 2014 Adadevoh was the lead physician and endocrinologist at the …

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