The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced it will confer a posthumous award on Late Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh, who died from the Ebola virus while quarantining a patient, Patrick Sawyer, at a medical facility in Lagos (see further details below).
Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, disclosed this while briefing journalists on the observance of the 19th National Productivity Day and Conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Award by the President, which will hold on Thursday 12 May 2022.
Mr Ngige also listed some deserving individuals and organisations for the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit, NPOM Award for 2019 and 2020.
Individual awardees include the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha; immediate past Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chike Ihekweazu; Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Akin Aboyomi; Industrialist /Chairman of BUA Cement, Abdusamad Rabiu; and billionaire businessman, Mike Adenuga Jnr.
Organizations shortlisted for the award include the National Information Technology Development Agency, NITDA, Erisco Foods Limited, Financial Derivatives Limited Lagos, Crown Flour Mills Lagos and Tummy Tummy Foods Industry Limited.
DR AMEYO STELLA ADADEVOH
Dr. Adadevoh (27 Oct 1956 – 19 Aug 2014) was a Nigerian medical doctor. She is credited with having curbed wider spread of the Western African Ebola virus epidemic in Nigeria, by placing the patient zero (Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian) in quarantine despite pressure from the Liberian government.
On 4 Aug 2014, it was confirmed that she had tested positive for Ebola virus disease and was being treated; She eventually died in the afternoon of 19 Aug 2014.