This Day (Lagos)

9 August 2014

Nigeria: Two Die, 20 Hospitalised Over Excessive Salt Consumption

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Nigerians are scrambling for salt-water bath for protection from the deadly Ebola virus after a call from the ruler of the Igala Kingdom, the Attah of Igala, prescribing salt solution as a magical vaccine against the virus went viral.

At least two persons have been feared dead and 20 others hospitalised in various hospitals in Plateau State after consuming excessive quantity of salt and bitter kola to prevent Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) attack.

The two, according a source in Shendam who spoke with our reporter on phone, were rushed to the hospital by their family members after they suddenly collapsed in the morning, having consumed too much salt over night. They later died of high blood pressure in the hospitals.

According to medical personnel in the hospitals where the other patients are currently taking treatment in Jos, some developed ulcer, while others stool profusely, having consumed the table salt in excess.

There was an Ebola scare in Jos on Thursday night, and citizens were advised in text messages and other social media to dissolve table salt in warm water and drink, and also use same in taking their bath. Unfortunately, the victims, who wanted to fortify themselves against the attack of the disease took the salt in excess and later came down with various ailments. The hospital source added that most of the patients hospitalised were women and children.

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