CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

31 July 2014

Nigeria: Lagos Warns Pastors Claiming to Cure Ebola

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Lagos — Lagos State Government has warned the public to be wary of some pastors who claim to have cure for the dreaded Ebola virus.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, specifically advised the citizenry to be wary of the activities of alleged fraudsters who were reportedly making spurious claims about their ability to provide cure for the deadly virus.

He called on those who wanted to rip off members of the public to desist from such claims of cure or risk arrest and prosecution.

“Only medical solutions are known to be appropriate for the disease,” said Ibirogba.

He meanwhile urged residents to always contact health providers to report unusual feelings noticed instead of patronising fraudulent pastors.

The commissioners also cautioned the people to desist from sending panicky text messages round about the Ebola disease that could heighten tensions and create anxiety.

There is no specific treatment for the virus. Efforts to help persons who are infected include giving them either oral rehydration therapy or intravenous fluids. The disease has a high death rate: often between 50 percent and 90 percent of those who are infected with the virus.

Last week, the World Health Organization reported more than 1 200 confirmed cases including 672 deaths since the epidemic began in March in West Africa.

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