AMID COVID 19 pandemic, Anglican Bishop on the Niger, Owen Nwokolo has extended hands of fellowship to about 100 persons living with sickle cell disorder in the diocese.
National Coordinator of APLSCD, Aisha Edwards, affirmed this on Tuesday, while appreciating the bishop who hosted them and distributed thousands of bags of rice and cartons of noodles as COVID-19 palliative, at Bishop’s Court,Onitsha.
Edwards said that their challenges could be grouped into two, medical and economic, but giving them a sense of belonging like Bishop Nwokolo has done is what is utmost and dear to them.
She further disclosed that coronavirous pandemic has increased prices for their hospitalisation and medication which has skyrocketed, thereby making some of their members losing hope in living and their parents and guardians getting frustrated and broken, while some now pray for death so they can rest.
“We however, commend Your Lordship for availing the association with a chaplin, who will act as a liaison between us and the diocese and we believe that our presence here will set in motion, a gale of positive interaction with the diocese, and promote further intervention and attention to children living with sickle cell disorder from the diocese.
“Currently, APLSCD is setting up a sickle cell home for her orphaned and indigent members and it would be located at Agulu , Anaocha Local Government Area of the State and would need all the necessary support.”
Responding, Bishop Nwokolo stated that nothing happens without Gods knowledge, adding that sickle cell is not a death sentence.
“He said, As Christians, we work by faith, not by sight. What you see by sight may be difficult and as big as an elephant, but with the eyes of faith, it will look like an ant”.
“We must have hope as Christians because God cares for us. The condition you find yourself is not by choice or your fault, it is not your problem but Gods problem and he must bring solution.”
“We want to encourage you to always seek to live and make contributions in our society. We pray that God will strengthen you, just continue to have faith in God, stand firm and don’t blame your parents, love everybody including your parents.”