The president of the World Bank has urged thousands of health workers to volunteer in the battle against Ebola, invoking their duty under their oath to help patients. But is there such an obligation? Medical ethicist Dr Daniel Sokol says we should expect some healthcare staff to refuse to go to work, wherever Ebola patients are being treated.
In all major Ebola outbreaks, medical staff have fled health centres, leaving dying patients behind. This one is no exception.
Seeing colleagues succumb to the disease, many doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians have failed to turn up to work, putting even greater pressure on those who remain.
Of those, about half were health workers. Posters lined the walls of the hospital, hailing the staff as heroes.