Michael Igwe: Nigerian doctor using Igbo songs to empower Covid-19 patients

Michael Igwe: Nigerian doctor using Igbo songs to empower Covid-19 patients

- A US-based Nigerian doctor, Michael Igwe, has said that he helps his patients deal with the fear of coronavirus through Igbo songs

- The doctor spoke about the limitedness of their medical training in school to deal with a rare situation like the present pandemic

- Igwe also said that whenever he is troubled, he always calls on the Holy Spirit to put his mind at rest

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Michael Igwe is one of the several US-based Nigerian doctors doing what they can to help solve the coronavirus pandemic.

In an interview with BBC Pidgin, the Abia-indigene said that creativity in handling coronavirus patients is a very important skill all health workers must have to combat the disease.

Igwe has been tapping into his Christian background and love for church songs in Igbo to help his patients conquer the fears associated with the deadly virus.

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“I have been singing song since I was a small child. My mother is a singer too. When I was in Nigeria, I used to lead songs at the church I attended. That was how I embarked on singing even as a medical doctor.

“Our experience at the hospital with this COVID-19 pandemic is that it mostly instills fear into people and sometimes, the fear will be too much for us,” he said.

The Abia-born doctor also spoke about how their medical training is limited in the fight against the scourge, saying that is why he always relies on the Holy Spirit to calm himself.

He said he has witnessed a situation where prayer changes an ugly situation and a person believed to be dead gets life again.

Speaking on the power of music, he talked about how it reaches the heart and the soul. He said that God responds to praise.

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“Music is an important aspect of healing. It touches the heart and soul. The kind of songs I enjoyed the most are Igbo Christian songs. There is something about the songs that our forefathers use in praising God. When you start singing them, God will help you,” he said.

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The US-based doctor urged people not to be fearful, saying that with the right actions, the pandemic would soon become a thing of history.

Here is one of his videos:

Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that the head pastor of Daystar Christian Centre, Sam Adeyemi, said that the church will not be as it used to be after the deadly coronavirus outbreak is over.

He made this known during a live chat with BBC Yoruba on Tuesday, May 12. The man of God said that the pandemic will greatly affect churches, as some of them may witness a big reduction in their membership as many members might just want to continue worshipping God from home.

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