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Friday, 8 August 2014

Salt water bath not anti - Ebola - expert warns

A message advising Nigerians to take their bath with hot water mixed with salt in order to avoid the Ebola Virus disease went viral overnight in Nigeria.
The same mixture is also recommended to be taken to ward off the disease.
The spread of the message, kept several Nigerians from the North to the South awake all night creating nationwide panic.
Meanwhile, experts have warned that bathing with salt is no cure for Ebola and that it might even lead to other health complications. 
Dr Olajimi Sodipo, a senior registrar, department of Family Health, Lagos state University, (LASU) said on Channels Television on Friday morning that bathing with salt in water is risky as it could lead to breakage of skin which could aid contracting the virus easily. 
Also, the President of Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN), Dr Stephen Oluwole, in an interview with Saturday Tribune declared rather ominously that he “ would say that there is a chance for Ebola epidemic now in Nigeria “ because the “initial isolation was not put there right from the onset.” He added that avoiding handshakes would also not help much.