The labours of our heroes past shall never be in vain.

So says the Nigerian national anthem but obviously, only few Nigerians would remember that Saturday, October 27, 2018 would have been the 62nd birthday of Ebola heroin, Dr Stella Adadevoh.

She was the physician whose expertise and heroic efforts helped curb the spread of Ebola in Nigeria and who sacrificed her life while doing this in 2014.

Google did not forget this moment in Nigeria’s history and if you used the search engine on Saturday you would notice the Google Doodle bore her image.

In case you do not know this important and unforgettable part of Nigeria’s history, Google tells it on its search engine.

In July 2014, a Liberian-American attorney arrived in Lagos on a flight from Monrovia heading to a conference on Economic Development and collapsed at the airport.

The patient was taken to First Consultant Medical Centre, where one of Mrs Adadevoh’s colleagues first diagnosed him as suffering from malaria.

“Although no Nigerian doctor had seen a case of Ebola before, Dr Adadevoh suspected the patient might have been exposed to the highly contagious virus and subsequently ordered blood tests to confirm, while also alerting Nigerian health officials.

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“While awaiting test results, Dr Adadevoh was pressured by Liberian Government officials to let the patient go so he could attend the conference as planned.

“In spite of threats of lawsuits, Dr Adadevoh stood firm, stating that she will not release the patient ‘for the greater public good’.

“The test results came back positive for the Ebola virus and while the patient could not be treated in time, Dr Adadevoh’s medical insight and the courage of her convictions ensured that other exposed patients could be treated rapidly and that the outbreak was contained,’’ it noted.

Unfortunately, in treating the initial patients, Mrs Adedevoh contracted the virus and passed away along with three of her colleagues at the medical centre.

“Her legacy lives on through DRASA (Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh) Health Trust, a non-profit organisation.

“DRASA is devoted to public health that works with communities and health workers to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and ensure that Nigeria is well prepared for future outbreaks,” Google acknowledged.

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