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Infectious Diseases

Updated 29 July 2014

Nigerian pastor declares cure for Ebola

A pastor in Nigeria has claimed that people need not fear the Ebola outbreak that has claimed the lives of nearly 700 people in west Africa this year, because he has the cure.

Pastor Ituah Ighodalo, the founder of Trinity House, has claimed he has a "message of hope and faith" which would shed light on a cure for the disease which has infected over 1 200 Africans this year, mostly in the past two months.

Nigeria was dragged into the crisis last week when a Liberian man died in a Lagos hospital after travelling there with the disease. Local news reports that the Nigerian government is urgently trying to track down 59 people who came into contact with Patrick Sawyer who was 40 years old.

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Pastor Ighodalo claims that all that is needed to cure those suffering from the disease is "anointing" and the "living words of Jesus." In particular, the Pastor advocates the laying on of hands. He believes that by touching the sick, he could rid them of the disease. 

The inspiration for his claims come from the legacy of John G. Lake, a Canadian-American minister who lead missionaries in South Africa in the early 20th century. Lake reputedly dealt with an outbreak of bubonic plague simply by touching the affected.

This is now the worst outbreak of Ebola ever. The disease kills up to 90% of those who are infected with it.

The claims have prompted outrage in Nigeria with many calling for the pastor to take down the post and accusing him of dangerous misinformation.

The controversy lies in the fact that touching infected individuals is the main way through which Ebola spreads. Ebola is not transmitted through the air, like Influenza, but through the bodily fluids of infected people. Given that Ebola brings with it a strong fever, sufferers sweat profusely, and thus touching them would put the healer at severe risk of catching the disease. 

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The priority for governments and aid agencies in affected countries is currently on controlling the spread of the disease. Actions like those of Pastor Ighodalo are already likely to attract legal rebuke in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia and should the situation in Nigeria worsen, it's possible that the Pastor and his Church would face similar attention.

Read the full post below:

"I just saw this and I think will help many believers.

Solution to Ebola!

Several years ago, Ebola virus erupted in Africa, killing thousands without restrain or cure. The medical world was perplexed. A great man of God by the name John G Lake came to the rescue. Laying hands on infected people who were not to be touched. The slightest contact with any secretion from an infected person is all it t
akes for transmission. But with bare hands, cleaning secretion and curing every victim, John G Lake along with his Holy Ghost filled team, brought to an abrupt end the spread of the deadly virus. When asked by the medical world how he did it. He had this to say: I have the life of God in me, every virus that comes in contact with me dies. He asked them to get an innoculum from an infected person, observe same under a microscope to ascertain viral activities in it. They did and confirmed living and multiplying virus. He then asked them to put the innoculum on his palm and observe under the microscope. This time there were no more activities. ALL WERE DEAD upon contact with him. What a life! Every child of God has this life! He that has the Son has this life! That higher life that put out Ebola in the days of John G Lake will do the same through you in your day! At the Name of Jesus, Ebola will bow out! Stop the fear! 

Let this message of hope and faith go viral and the Ebola viral spread will stop! Don't disdain the ever living words of Jesus: And these signs shall follow them that believe, in my Name, they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing (Ebola virus included) it shall not hurt them, they shall lay hand on the sick (those already infected) and they shall recover - Mark 16:15-18.
John G Lake and team are long gone! But I am here, you are here! We can save our world!
We have the life of God in us!
Spread the faith!
Stop the fear!
Spread the life!
Stop the death!
Yes you can!
The world belongs to you!
Cause you belong to Jesus!
Halleluyah!"

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Sources: Bellephill/Nigeria News/Facebook  

 

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