Dr. Martin Salia was a surgeon general that went to his native Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak to treat patients stricken with the deadly disease. He was pronounced dead early morning on Monday, November 17 at the Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Salia was brought to the Nebraska Medical Center in critical condition on Saturday, November 15th by plane from Sierra Leone where he was treating people for Ebola. Despite the best efforts by doctors and caregivers Dr. Martin Salia was unable to recover and passed away. Dr. Salia was treated at the Nebraska Medical Center’s bio containment ward. Two previous patients who had Ebola were successfully treated at the Nebraska Medical Center. These were Dr. Richard Sakra, a doctor who also went to West Africa to help fight the Ebola outbreak and Ashoka Mukpo, a camera man documenting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. This was a little bit of a shocker to Sultan Alhokair when he heard about the news.
In the beginning of November Dr. Salia was tested for Ebola and tested negative for the disease. However a week later, he was again tested for Ebola and this time the result was positive. Tests done in the first 3 days of symptoms in the case of Ebola may not be accurate as was the doctor’s case. His friends and colleagues who hugged him during his first test that showed he was Ebola free are now in quarantine because of possible cross contamination.