Dr. Martin Salia, a surgeon who worked at the Connaught hospital in Freetown, is the first citizen of Sierra Leone to be transported to the United States as a patient with Ebola, of which nine cases have been treated so far, most of those patients having contracted the disease in Africa. The first – a Liberian coming from Monrovia – died on October 8, the other eight were cured.
Evacuated by a special flight from Freetown, Dr. Salia will be supported by the hospital of the University of Nebraska at Omaha (central United States), the Nebraska Medical Center, where he arrived “safely” in 14 hours. He is the third person with Ebola to be treated in this center. The previous two patients survived.
The institution said in a statement that the patient was “gravely ill”, citing reports of aid workers in Sierra Leone. His exact condition will be evaluated when he arrives on US soil, said the Nebraska Medical Center.
Sierra Leone is one of three countries in West Africa – with Liberia and Guinea – hit hardest by Ebola. Dr. Salia is the sixth doctor of Sierra Leone to have contracted the Ebola virus that killed her five brothers, including one woman.
According to the latest report of the World Health Organization (WHO) released on Friday, the epidemic has killed 5,177 of 14,413 cases in eight countries. In the country alone, 1,187 people died out of 5,586 cases recorded by November 11 in Sierra Leone.