The Vice-Chancellor of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Professor Adeniyi Gbadegesin, has stated that the best way to combat the Ebola virus is for people to exercise restraint in the way they live while researchers get more proactive in the conduct of their businesses.
A statement signed by the university spokesman, Mr. Lekan Fadeyi, said Gbadegesin spoke at the one-day sensitisation seminar on the virus, organised by the university at its main campus in Ogbomoso on Wednesday. The VC noted that it was high time researchers ventured into the study of socio-economic, as well as cultural implications of the deadly ailment on the people of Africa.
Gbadegesin, who also stated that it was inexcusable for any scientist or researcher to be caught unaware since Ebola has been in existence since 1976. He charged the various arms of government to, commit themselves to providing necessary tools for researchers.
At the event, a Senior Lecturer and Virologist in LAUTECH, Dr. Olayinka Opaleye, and his counterpart, Dr. Olugbenga Abodunrin, a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Community Physician, reiterated that the virus was a dangerous disease which had no cure for now. They warned that proper hygiene should be maintained.
Answering a question on whether it could be dangerous to swim at this time, Dr. Opaleye said swimming should be suspended, at least for now
The two speakers restated earlier warnings by experts that bitter kola and salt had not been scientifically confirmed to be a cure.
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