The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it is ready to partner with Nigerian Prophet T.B Joshua and other religious and faith based organisations in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.
WHO said this at an online media conference in reaction to a question raised by Nigerian born, US based journalist, Simon Ateba, on the claim of a Camerounian doctor that he was healed of COVID-19 after receiving prayers from Prophet T.B Joshua of the Synagogue Church of All Nations(SCOAN), Lagos, Nigeria. The testimony of the doctor was recorded on video and placed on YouTube channel.
At the interactive press briefing, Mr Ateba said: “On Monday, a very popular pastor in Nigeria, T.B Joshua, released a video of a medical doctor in Cameroon who was said to have been cured of the virus through prayer”. He theafter asked the WHO panel of their reaction to such claims.
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In the video he referenced, Dr Kameni Pierre – a gynecologist and obstetrician – receives prayer after affirming he was positive to coronavirus during an ‘Interactive Prayer Session’ organised by Emmanuel TV.
After ‘vomiting out’ the disease during prayer, the medical doctor held up his medical report days later confirming he was diagnosed negative to COVID-19.
In response, Dr Michael Ryan, the Executive Director of WHO Health Emergencies Programme, affirmed the readiness of WHO to collaborate with bodies like The SCOAN to advance the cause of the war against the deadly virus.
“Certainly, spiritual leadership is very important in times like this,” Ryan stated, praising the role of faith-based organisations in providing accurate information to communities.
Speaking further, the WHO Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus added that faith and science should “go together”.
“We know many religious leaders who would really advise their followers to follow their faith and at the same time use science. The two do not contradict; they go together… We will call on all religious leaders to be in this fight and save lives,” he stated.
Ghebreyesus had earlier echoed TB Joshua’s prophecy where he declared 2020 “the year of humility” in which “God would humble us with our challenges”.
“If this virus is teaching us anything, it is humility,” the former Ethiopian Minister of Health asserted.
Emmanuel TV’s popular YouTube videos, many of which show similar case of miraculous healing through prayer, have accumulated over six hundred million views.