March 24, 2020
Former minister of Cooperation and integration in Africa, Dr. Bimbola Ogunkelu, A consultant physician and cardiologist disclosed a preventive measure against the pandemic Covid-19
Dr. Ogunkelu made the disclosure to Southwest-Frontier correspondent at his Lagos residence on Monday 23rd, March 2020
The Medical Expert and former Minister said:
These are difficult times. We can however fight the pandemic and win. The coronavirus invades the body via the nasal passages, the sinuses and the mouth. The virus grows and replicates in the lining(mucosa) of these passages before spreading to the lungs, where maximum damage is done.
Dr, Ogunkelu in his speech said,
It is known that the virus cannot survive a temperature of 56⁰ Celcius. Therefore if we can deliver +56⁰C to the nasal passages/sinuses for 10-15 minutes daily we can destroy the virus in situ. This can be achieved if we go back to what our grandparents did to treat a bad cold - (STEAM INHALATION) Heat up water to boiling(100⁰C), place the boiled water in a bowl, cover your head over the bowl of steam with a large towel. Inhale and exhale the steam for 10-15 minutes. Do this daily as a preventive/curative measure.
The Medical Expert said, that this measure is useful only before the virus invades the lungs.
Dr. Bimbola Ogunkelu said, since we have low capacity to carry out tests for coronavirus in Nigeria, it is better to strike before irreversible damage is done. If a person already has nose cold, carry out the steam inhalation twice daily.
May God help us all. Amen
Afolabi Akinfenwa reporting.....