The Church Perspective of Disease Control in Africa: A Case of Covid-19 Global Pandemic

Johnwealthy Jacob Wobodo
Keywords: Church Perspective, Disease Control, Covid-19 Pandemic, Africa
Tropical Journal of Arts and Humanities 2020 2(1), 25-36. Published: July 16, 2020


Abstract

Corona Virus code-named COVID 19 is a contagious disease that is currently threatening human existence. Since its outbreak and spread across the globe, the world system is almost at a standstill. Experts have advocated social distancing and the use of other suppressive methods of hand washing and hygienic practices amid the pandemic as a strategy to curtail its spread. While this strategy appears to have worked considerably, the pandemic has in no small way created socio-economic dislocations and hardship for a great number of people in Africa resulting largely from the way many governments have responded to it. This paper, therefore, examines the church perspective of disease control in Africa. It deployed historical and phenomenological methods of research. The paper determined the extent to which the church responded and contributed to the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic around the world. While recognizing governments’ efforts at providing palliatives at this critical time, it argues that the church is better placed to distribute the government palliatives to avoid the corruption that has characterized the entire programme. It concludes that The African herbal knowledge together with church prayers have better chances of providing lasting cure to Corona virus infection where science and technology have so far failed the world.