— Aug 9, 2014.
Following the bathing with and drinking salt claims that flooded the social media on Thursday night through Friday morning, the health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, has debunked it, calling it “wicked and malicious.”
According to Chukwu, who said he was woken up by one of such claims 4 am Friday morning, “For this disease, there is no medium terms. It is now or never. The brine solution, a mix of large salt quantities in water, suggested in the claim actually may cause more damage.”
Information minister, Labaran Maku, who heads a countrywide communication strategy against Ebola, advised Nigerians to be wary of such claims, saying that they did more harm than good, adding that unfounded claims flying around in the wake of an Ebola outbreak should be ignored.
Both ministers flew into Lagos early Friday to assess the Ebola situation, which is being handled by rapid response teams at the emergency operations centre housed in the Central Public Health Laboratory in Yaba.
Virologists working on Ebola, alongside “contact tracing” experts from WHO and regional health agencies in Africa, have joined Nigerian health experts at the centre.
2 More Test Positive, 139 Under Surveillance
In a related development, the minister of Health, Prof Onyebuchi Chukwu, has disclosed that two more people have tested positive, while 139 people are under surveillance since the death of a nurse who attended to the late Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, in a Lagos hospital.
According to Chukwu, the total number of confirmed cases of Ebola infection nationwide is now nine.