Situating the Trovan Trial With the Use of Experimental Ebola Therapies Is Like Comparing an Apple With an Orange
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I read with great bewilderment the unconvincing arguments of Peter F. Omonzejele (2014) in his article “Ethical Challenges Posed by the Ebola Virus Epidemic in West Africa” published in the 11(4) issue of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. While the author glaringly mixed up anthropological issues concerning the hygiene of hand-washing and safe burials in an article with a title clearly focused on ethical challenges, he failed to establish how the current Ebola epidemic ravaging some West Africa countries made these human practices ethical challenges. Anecdotal examples cited in the article fit entirely into the realm of anthropological and sociological issues fuelling the spread of Ebola but are not in any way related to ethical challenges. The title was either misleading or the author deliberately discussed anthropological/sociological issues tangentially in an article supposedly written on ethical issues.
The author also contradicted himself, having categorized as a compelling need...
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- World Health Organization [WHO]. 2014. Potential Ebola therapies and vaccines. World Health Organization, November 5. http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/137590/1/WHO_EVD_HIS_EMP_14.1_eng.pdf?ua=1. Accessed November 16, 2014.