Two Dead, 20 Hospitalised in Jos after Taking Salt Water Therapy to Neutralise Ebola
At least two people were confirmed dead, while 20 others were hospitalized in Jos, Plateau State after using salted water therapy to neutralise the effects of the Ebola virus.
The two victims who died included a taxi driver and a woman from the Jos South Local Government Area of the state.
They were said to have died due to the effects of heavy salt intake.
The salt provoked the rise of their high blood preasure (BP) and they were rushed to the hospital where they later died.
20 others who also took the salt water therapy are currently in various hospitals in the city, a source said.
According to the source, the people rushed to the hospitals are hypertensive, adding that they are mostly women and children.
The use of salted water followed a speculation which went viral that the solution has a neutralizing effect on the deadly ebola virus which has so far consumed the lives of over 960 persons in West Africa.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has advised Nigerians to disregard a text message and postings on social media that hot water and salt may be used to prevent the Ebola infection and cure infected persons.
The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, said in a statement in Abuja yesterday that the people should disregard such rumours as cure had yet to be found for the disease.
The message reads: “Please ensure that you and your family and all your neighbours bath with hot water and salt before daybreak today because of Ebola virus which is spreading through the air.’’
Maku said the information being circulated to Nigerians about the cure for the disease was false and should not be taken seriously.
“Nigerians have been urged to disregard rumours being circulated in the social media that bathing with hot water and salt cures the Ebola disease.
“There is no cure yet for the Ebola disease. What is being circulated is only a rumour that will only mislead Nigerians,’’ he said.
The minister said Nigerians had already been informed on the necessary steps to adopt to avoid the spread of the virus and would be duly informed on additional measures when necessary.
He urged the people to continue to maintain maximum environmental and personal hygiene to guard against contracting the virus.
The federal and state governments have been on the alert on the control of a possible spread of the virus.
The government had also dismissed claims that bitter kola could be used to cure the disease or prevent people from contracting the disease.
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