Ebola Virus: Be Calm, Clergy Tells Congregation

by Wilfred Chimeremeze

The Judicial Vicar of Abakaliki Diocese of the Catholic Church, very Rev. Dr. Abraham Nwali has called on Ebonyians not to panic but pray, asserting that with God Almighty on our side, Ebola disease virus like other epidemics will be a thing of the past. 


Rev. Father Nwali, who gave the advice in Abakaliki advocating for provision of water, towels, sanitizers and hand-towels, in church entrance so that people can wash their hands as they enter into the church.


According to him, by reason of the fact that the priests are involved in offering communion in the course of their assignments, he advocated that they wear hand gloves.


Speaking also on this premise, the Anglican Bishop of Abakaliki, Diocese of the Anglican Communion, Rt. Rev. Bishop Monday Nkweagu said that apart from avoiding shaking of hands and warm embraces, the people should maintain personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness.


According to him, the church is now very careful while serving the communion, as participants now drink from a small cup provided, instead of drinking from the same cup. 


Contributing, the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Sunday Nwangele advised that men of God should be dropping the bread for the communion at the palm hands of recipients, so that they don’t have direct contact with the priests. 


He disclosed that the State Government was making plans to provide hand sanitizers for the priests and the congregations.