“Please Stop Laying Hands” Catholic Priest Urges Praying People, Commissions Church Taskforce

By Edwin G. Wandah

The Pastor of the St. Kizito Catholic Church in the Outland Community in Paynesville, Father Foday Kromah has called on fellow men of God to stop laying hands as a means of healing persons suspected of Ebola. Father Kromah made the assertion on Sunday when the Church commissioned at least 16 persons to serve on the Church’s Ebola Task Force.

Commissioning the 16-member committee, Father Foday Kromah cautioned the Task Force to get prepared for a much tougher challenge; meaning, there lies ahead of them greater challenges of criticism from people. “Today, in a small but solemn manner we launch the St. Kizito Parish Ebola Response Initiative, ‘Phase Two’ which focuses on going beyond the confines of our Parish, the Outland Community,” Father Kromah stated.

Father Kromah who appeared very humble on the occasion also pleaded with those Pastors and Imams who said laying hands on the sick, anointing people’s heads with hands and bathing of dead bodies as prayer for sick persons to at least desist. According to him, such behaviors are contrary to those preventive health tips outlined by health workers.

According to Father Kromah, Ebola is not a curse from God. “To my venerable Christian Pastors, be you men of God and Women of God, I beg you in the Name of Jesus, the greatest healer that ever walked the face of the earth; please stop laying hands on people in order to cure them of Ebola,” Father Kromah stated.

He said doing so will further put God to test and could destroy the much needed united effort required in the fight against the Ebola virus. “To our venerable Imams, I respectfully appeal to you in the name of Allah, the most gracious and most merciful; please stop bathing dead bodies, let us all agree to let go of all religious practices that are putting us at risk,” Father Kromah stated further.

“Sisters and brothers, may we all, regardless of our faith and religious orientations, continue to unite in the effort to defeat the deadly Ebola virus from our country. Yes, we can do this if we all personally and conscientiously adhere to those preventive measures as advised by the health workers,” Father Kromah averred.

Speaking later, two officials of the Task Force lauded the contributions made by fellow Parishners in the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus. Madam Mai B. Urey said the fight against the virus should be seen as a collective effort. “There should be a new approach in the fight, simply leaving from mere speaking to taking actions that are needed to benefit those communities,” Mrs. Urey stated.

“There should be a change in the fight against the Ebola virus, and that fight should start with everyone; this is our own fight in the Ebola crisis, and that change should start with every one of us,” Mrs. Urey stated.

“We have designed a new approach; the Ebola Prevention and Home Care Management; we are going to train about fifteen Parishners and group them in five; we have contacted the World Health Organization (WHO) to urgently train these young Parishners who will be deployed in the Outland Community to carry on‘door to door’ awareness,” Madam Urey averred.

Another Official, Mr. Amos Brosius lauded the efforts of fellow Parishners for their contributions and also called on them to do more as the fight will solicit more supports. According to Mr. Brosius, the Church was not in annoyance to the needs of the community. He said the Church will begin its campaign in the Outland Community and later extend to other communities if the need arises.

Meanwhile, the Outland Community Chairman, Mr. Joseph S. Freeman, has welcomed the latest move by the Church in carrying on awareness in the Community. He however made a personal donation of 20 buckets and some Clorax as his initial contribution and promised to join the campaign by organizing men to work along with the Church.

Those commissioned were Mrs. Violet Wilson-Flomo, Mr. Felix Saint-Jean, Dr. Robert Dolo, Mr. Foday Kanneh, Ms. Torlu Kollie, Mr. Sabato Neufville, Mr. Wilson T. Nyanneh, Mr. Thomas Williams, Mrs. Precious Dennis and Mr. Thomas Norris. Others are, Mr. Joseph Tellewoyon, Mr. Arthur Douglas, Mr. Amos Brosius, and Advisor to the Committee; Mrs. Mai B. Urey, Chair of the Committee, Mr. Emmanuel Paviey and Mr. Ignatius Penku.

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