SCOAN criticises health organisations for not supporting anointed water Ebola “cure”

You may recall that SCOAN claimed last year the President of Sierra Leone Dr Ernest Bai Koroma requested the anointed water as a cure for the outbreak of Ebola in their country. During last Sunday’s SCOAN service, a civil servant from Sierra Leone called Mrs Fatmata Kargbo testified to the success of the anointed water in curing Ebola in their country. They also criticised health organisations for hindering their attempt to spread the anointed water cure, claiming that without the obstacles Ebola could have been over immediately. See the video below, the relevant section starts at around 8:45.

A few key quotes to point out:

11:11 “Evangelist” Chris Tonge: You mean to say that you were sent by the president of Sierra Leone to actually receive the anointed water sent by “Prophet” TB Joshua to your nation to fight the scourge of Ebola?

Mrs Fatmata Kargbo: Yes

12:15 – They faced many obstacles from the time the plane landed, people and organisations wanting to prevent it being used, but the President allowed it (13:25).

So now we have second confirmation that the request came straight from the president, and after delivery he authorised its distribution. If this is true, that should be of grave concern to citizens of Sierra Leone and NGO’s like the WHO. If it’s false, Dr Koroma has some civil servants to fire. This claim is incredibly damaging to his reputation and the reputation of his country, and it’s being broadcast on one of Africa’s biggest “Christian” TV channel.

15:40 – if we were allowed to use the water as the prophet directed, it would have been over right away.
16:05 – faced obstacles from health organisations
17:20 – people said there wasn’t any scientific proof that it cures Ebola, but we pushed through.
17:30 – since that time, 16th August we have been monitoring to see if there are any improvements.
18:16 – from August, we have been monitoring – these regions have been free of Ebola

Screenshot_110315_013149_PMSo what about her incredible claim that a month after the 16th August, the regions where it was ministered have been free of Ebola? First thing to note is that she doesn’t state a year, does she mean 2014 or 2015? Typical SCOAN obfuscation. We will assume she means August 2014 because the 16th August 2014 was a few days after the anointed water was delivered, and in August 2014 the press in Sierra Leone were reporting that the water was being distributed (* if you think she meant August 2015, see note at end of article). So were the regions where it was administered “cured”? Let’s take a look at some WHO data:

On August the 29th, the outbreak in Sierra Leone looked like this

Screenshot_110315_011633_PMSource: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/131974/1/roadmapsitrep1_eng.pdf?ua=1

One month later, what do we see? No regions are fairing any better, but two regions without active cases in August now have active cases. In other words it’s got worse.

Screenshot_110315_011838_PMSource: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/135029/1/roadmapupdate26sept14_eng.pdf?ua=1

What about a month later? On October 31st we can see that every single region has active cases of Ebola.

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Source: http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/137424/1/roadmapsitrep_31Oct2014_eng.pdf?ua=1

So what we have from SCOAN is a complete lie about the efficacy of their anointed water against Ebola, and an insult to the medical teams who so bravely risked their lives to eradicate the disease. We’re used to lies from SCOAN, but these kind of lies are worse – they are literally deadly. Ebola can be relatively easily contained when correct practices are observed, the promotion of “water cures” is the highest degree of irresponsibility. There should be no claims about Ebola cures without genuine evidence and research backing them up, the testimony of one woman (contradicting WHO data) does not come close.

* If she did mean August 2015 this would also be incredibly deceptive because by that time, thanks to the tireless and brave efforts of aid workers and medical staff, Ebola was already mostly wiped out. On May 14th 2015 a news site reported that “Just last week, Liberia was declared Ebola-free after 42 days — two full incubation periods — without a reported case of Ebola. Now, Sierra Leone may be close to being able to start the same kind of countdown.”

Ghanian pastor: Do not rely on anointed water for protection against Ebola

Reported in peacefmonline.com

President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), Apostle Dr. Opoku Onyinah, has cautioned Ghanaians not to rely on Anointing Oil and Water for protection against the fasting spreading deadly Ebola virus since proper observation of sanitation is one of the core values God has instructed mankind to practice to stay healthy.

The whole article is well worth reading.

TB Joshua’s cowardly U-turn

TB Joshua pledged 2000 bottles of anointed water to any affected country who would request it. He also said (multiple times) that he would personally deliver and administer the anointed water. See this video, and the timings below.

8:25 – If they invite me in the capacity of government, I will not only send the anointed water, I will carry it myself.

8:55 – I will not only send 2000 anointed water, I trust the anointed water. I will go myself there.

9:34 – here is TB Joshua, ready to go anywhere, not only sending, [inaudible] I will carry the anointed water, I will even spray it everywhere.

10:00 – Not only 2000 anointed water, but I, TB Joshua, that is my calling.

A few days later, Sierra Leone put in an official request (or so SCOAN would have us believe). The anointed water was duly loaded onto a chartered jet (someone should explain to this millionaire pastor about Fedex, think of what the $50,000 spent on the jet could have contributed to the fight against Ebola), and sent with great fanfare to Sierra Leone, but without its master.

The press in Sierra Leone are reporting that “A female representative of the Nigerian pastor, [is] in Freetown to oversee the administration of the ‘Holy Water’”.

Why did TB Joshua, who “trusts his anointed water” forsake his “calling” and send an associate on this potentially deadly mission instead?

Sadly, anointed water or not, the situation in Sierra Leone is not getting any better. The chart below shows the number of new confirmed cases and new confirmed deaths each day. Please pray for wisdom for the government and officials in these countries as they battle with this difficult situation.

New confirmed Ebola cases and deaths, Sierra Leone

source: WHO and Ministry of Health, Sierra Leone

Zimbabwe health minister warns people not to visit TB Joshua

The Associated Press are reporting that Zimbabwe health minister David Parirenyatwa is warning citizens to not go to Nigeria to visit faith healers such as TB Joshua, for fear of catching Ebola and bringing it back to Zimbabwe.

Interesting that when the rubber hits the road, there’s really not a great deal of belief in the healing claims of TB Joshua, otherwise why avoid a famed “healer” to protect yourself from a dangerous sickness?

Is TB Joshua’s anointed water the solution to the Ebola crisis?

On the 2nd August 2014, TB Joshua announces to his congregation that he had just finished a meeting with a large delegations of officials from the government and NGO’s such as UNICEF discussing various issues, including the Ebola crisis. The delegation formally handed him a letter, the contents of which he didn’t disclose.

The way he described this meeting led his delighted flock to believe that the officials had come to seek the counsel of their “man of God”. Though the contents of the official letter was never disclosed, it seems very likely that it announced the tough measures being taken against any faith healers claiming to be able to heal Ebola. The Washington post have reported that any pastor or healer claiming to be able to heal the virus will face jail time.

He next goes on to say that when the new anointed water came out, he didn’t allow it to be sent everywhere because God had revealed the coming Ebola crisis to him. He says he will donate 2000 bottles of the anointed water to each of the affected countries and if invited by the government, he will even deliver it personally and spray it everywhere.

The clear message behind his statement is that his anointed water is the solution to the Ebola crisis. We hope the Nigerian government will follow through and take the necessary action to prevent the ego of this fake pastor from exacerbating this deadly crisis.

The segment starts from around 1:50 in the following video.