Dr. Akinniyi Fadipe, formerly of First Consultants Hospital, Lagos, that contracted Ebola alongside deceased Dr. Stella Adadevoh and late nurse, Justina Ejelonu, among others, from Nigeria’s index case for the viral hemorrhagic disease, Liberian Patrick Sawyer, was on admission in the hospital, has spoken of his life after the trauma.
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In an interview with Punch, Fadipe, who has taken up residence in Cameroon attributed his relocation to alleged ugly situation in Nigeria’s health institutions, saying “I am in Cameroon doing surgical residency with the Pan African Academy of Christian Surgeons. One would think residency should be a reward by the Federal Government for what we passed through. But that was not the case. You would expect me to be doing my training in a teaching hospital in Nigeria and not Cameroon.
“It is difficult in Nigeria because almost all the doctors are applying at the same time. We were more than the resources in the hospital we were applying to, hence it was difficult. We deserved to be helped and not made to pass through a process where merit is sparsely upheld during recruitment.”
The doctor said that stigmatization he suffered paled beside others after he survived the killer disease, adding that he even fathered a child after the near-death experience.
His word, “I didn’t experience stigmatisation as much as others did. But for the little I had, I dealt with them professionally taking time to explain why a survivor is even the safest person to be with was my routine then…
“All has been fine, thanks to God. Immediate post-recovery period was not easy due to pain and discomfort, but now I am restored to my pre-Ebola physical state. Besides, God has also blessed me with a baby girl who is now two years old.”