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Ebola virus "healers" face arrest in Delta State

05 September 2014, 07:59Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Delta State Government has issued a warning to traditional medicine practitioners and spiritual healers following claims of their ability to cure the Ebola virus.

“Our attention had been drawn to claims by some individuals, especially traditional medicine practitioners and spiritual healers bordering on their purported ability to cure the Ebola Virus Disease," read a government statement.

"These claims are completely false, untenable, dangerous and represent a threat to public health. It is hereby restated that there is no known cure yet for the Ebola Virus Disease."

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Government said media, especially television and radio broadcast houses, should refrain from promoting any claim of cure for Ebola by any unorthodox medical practitioner.

Any jingle and promotional programme claiming to have the cure for the virus should no longer be broadcast.

The state warned traditional medical practitioners and spiritual healers to desist from making any claim of cure for Ebola.  

“Anybody that makes sure claims again will be considered a threat to public health and arrested by the relevant security agencies.”

Also Read: US to provide $75M to expand Ebola care centers

It added that the World Health Organisation (WHO) and health agencies in Nigeria had made it clear that observance of strict hygiene and health rules to stave off contact with the disease remained the best option.
The notice ‎also reminded the public that the State Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan had constituted inter-ministerial Ebola Virus outbreak preparedness and response committee to superintendent efforts at preventing an outbreak of Ebola in Delta State.  

“We hereby assure all residents of Delta State there is no outbreak of Ebola in the state. However, everybody should remain vigilant and observe basic rules of cleanliness. Anybody with information on probable outbreak of the disease should contact the Committee on the following numbers.”

 - CAJ News


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