Ebola Ethics

Nov 8, 2014

Host Bill Nigut talks with Dr. Paul Wolpe, Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Wolpe is a bio-ethicist who looks at ethics in the practice of medicine. The conversation focuses on ethical and moral considerations surrounding the prevention and treatment of Ebola. For example, Zmapp, a potentially life-saving Ebola drug has been in such short supply a very limited number of patients can receive the drug. Who should get it? Who should not? What are the factors that weigh into that decision? Bill also tells the story of Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, who worked heroically in an Ebola isolation ward in a Sierra Leone field hospital that was overrun with Ebola patients. Dr. Kahn contracted Ebola, and decisions ha to be made about whether to give him Zmapp or not. And you’ll hear a song written to pay tribute to Dr. Khan and other West African health care workers by Harvard geneticist Pardis Sabeti, who is one of the lead researchers working to sequence the Ebola virus gene.