Nigeria: Hot Water, Salt Not an Ebola Cure


Nigerian Minister of Information Labaran Maku has debunked rumours that bathing with hot water and salt solution can be used to prevent the Ebola virus.


  • Nigeria:  Ebola's Revelations About Our Paganism and Credulity

    Daily Trust, 13 August 2014

    Ebola, this frightening viral disease has become the crisis of today, not only in West Africa, but globally. The capacity of the disease to spread fast and to kill fast is ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola - the Rumours of Salt

    This Day, 12 August 2014

    Betty Abah My mother called me at the tick of dawn on August 8. "The news is all over, from Jos and Kaduna, everyone is calling their people," she said, her voice panicky, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola - Octogenarian, 5 Children Hospitalised After Drinking Salty, Water

    Leadership, 11 August 2014

    A women in her early 80's and five children have been hospitalized in a Makurdi hospital (name withheld) for bathing with and drinking salt water to avert being stricken by the ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Hot Ebola Lies

    The New Republic Liberia, 11 August 2014

    Landlord Jestina Gbaryou, who currently lives in the Lakpazee Communicty, Sinkor, Monrovia, woke her tenants from their sleep at 5am on Saturday, August, to give them latest ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola - Three Feared Dead After Salt Water Bathing in Bauchi

    The Guardian, 10 August 2014

    FOLLOWING rumors that people should bath with salt water AND drink same for the prevention of Ebola, three people have died after observing the exercise in Bauchi State. read more »

  • Africa:  Ebola 'Cures' Are Simply Hoaxes

    Africa Check, 11 August 2014

    Will bathing in hot water and salt save you from Ebola? Or eating kola nuts? Perhaps a homeopathic solution concocted from rattlesnake venom? These 'cures' are exploitative hoaxes. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Excessive Salt Water Consumption Kills Four in Taraba

    The Guardian, 10 August 2014

    NO fewer than four persons have been confirmed dead and scores hospitalised in various private hospitals in Taraba State following excessive consumption of salt which they ... read more »

  • Liberia:  Salt Water Bath - Another Rumor or Blessing/Message From God?

    The Inquirer, 11 August 2014

    Just few days ago I wrote an article about rumor-mongering in the Liberian society, in the wake of many rumors as efforts are continuing to curtail the spread of the deadly Ebola ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Two Die, 20 Hospitalised Over Excessive Salt Consumption

    This Day, 9 August 2014

    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 ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  'We Pranked on Salt-Water Therapy' As FG Debunks Claims

    This Day, 9 August 2014

    A frenzy for salt erupted yesterday across Lagos and other states of the country following a blackberry message broadcast that went viral and spread to virtually all the social ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola - Two Die After Drinking Salt Water in Jos

    Vanguard, 8 August 2014

    Two people died today in Jos, the Plateau State capital after allegedly taking salt in warm water and bathing with same to prevent the dreaded Ebola virus disease. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola Scare - Salt-Water Bath Lands 20 in Jos Hospital

    Leadership, 9 August 2014

    A rumour which was started when a prophet purportedly said that waking up in the dead of night to drink salty water, and also bathing with it, will ensure total immunity from the ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Panic Salt Bathing in Kaduna

    Leadership, 9 August 2014

    Thousands of Kaduna residents yesterday were deceived into bathing with hot water mixed with salt as a preventive measure against the Ebola virus. read more »

  • Nigeria:  FG Faults Salt Water Solution to Ebola

    The Guardian, 8 August 2014

    THE Federal Government Friday faulted false text messages and social media reports to the effect that to prevent and cure the deadly Ebola virus, people only need to drink salt ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Nigerians Bath With, Drink Salt Water

    Leadership, 9 August 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, ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola Scare - Jos Residents Keep Vigil, Bath With Warm Salty Water At Night

    This Day, 8 August 2014

    Residents of the city of Jos, Plateau State capital and its environs, were Thursday night alarmed by the sudden outbreak of rumours of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Jos. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola - Expert Cautions Against Using Salt As Treatment

    The Guardian, 8 August 2014

    DR. MICHAEL Oguntoye, an epidemiologist with Kwara ministry of health, on Friday cautioned against the use of salt for the treatment of Ebola disease. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Govt Asks Citizens to Disregard Hot Water, Salt Cure for Ebola

    Vanguard, 8 August 2014

    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 Ebola infection and cure ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Salt Water Does Not Prevent, Cure Ebola - Experts Warn

    Vanguard, 8 August 2014

    Medical and health experts have continued to dismissed claims that bathing with and drinking salt water would cure or prevent contracting Ebola virus. read more »

  • Nigeria:  FG Urges Nigerians to Disregard Hot Water, Salt Cure for Ebola

    Daily Independent, 8 August 2014

    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 Ebola infection and cure ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Hot Water and Salt Not a Cure for Ebola

    Premium Times, 8 August 2014

    The Nigerian Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, on Friday debunked rumours that bathing with hot water and salt solution can be used to prevent Ebola virus infection. read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola Sparks Panic Across Nigeria As Citizens Scramble for Salt-Water Bath 'Remedy'

    Premium Times, 8 August 2014

    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 ... read more »

  • Nigeria:  Ebola - Many ‎Nigerians Still Ignorant of Disease

    Premium Times, 8 August 2014

    Despite the obvious fatality and infectious rate of the Ebola Virus, there are still many Nigerians with little, no information or misinformation on the virus that has caused the ... read more »

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.