Saturday, 9 August 2014
Another Possible Cure? “Chew Tobacco Leaves And Drink Honey”:Ghanaian Imam Offers ‘Solution’ To Ebola Virus
A Ghanaian Islamic cleric, Shamuna Ustaz Jibril, known in the country for his predictions and interpretations, has linked the Ebola pandemic to the consumption of carcasses.
He called on medical practitioner to look into the effects of the consumption of the carcasses of felines.
Based on the cleric’s opinion, he disputed the fact that the deadly virus is transmitted through handshake explaining that “it can be passed through coughing and blood transfusion and therefore not by handshakes.”
Jibril agreed that the disease has no cure for now but there are medicines that can inhibit its spread and added that with time he would come up with recommendations.
He chipped in a precautionary method, that those who are suspected of the infection should chew tobacco leaves or bitter leaves and drink honey.
To doctors dealing with infected patients, he said, “They should inhale tobacco leaves and wash their hands with ‘dawadawa’ solution followed by the chewing of the ‘dawadawa’ seeds.
He also advised those who washed dead bodies of the victims to put fresh tobacco leaves and seeds into their mouths, ears and noses.