. . . Shed Tears at People’s Condition
By Chioma Ndife
Over 100 Members of Holy Childhood Association of St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, Adazi-Nnukwu, Anaocha LGA, Anambra State, embarked on hospital apostolate and visitation at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Adazi-Nnukwu.
The hospital apostolate which was geared at developing empathy for the downtrodden, marginalized and oppressed among the children was embarked on Saturday, 8th February.
The children after visiting about five wards in the hospital namely; the Children’s, Men, Female, Emergency and general wards were profusely shedding tears about the condition of the various individuals they saw at the hospital.
Speaking to Fides after the visit, Onyedika Ezeluzie, 8, disclosed that he never knew that small children could be ill to the point of not being able to eat biscuits.He said he always complained that his mom do buy small biscuits for him but never knew that someone could have many biscuits and not be able eat any. He thanked God for allowing him to eat biscuits, saying that he would become quiet and obedient to avoid accident.
In his words, ‘I was very happy when we were coming to the hospital for the visit. But I’m not happy again because of the condition of others, especially the sick children. I don’t know that small children can also be very sick to the point of not eating their biscuits. I always complain that my mom buys small biscuits for me but I don’t know that people with plenty biscuits might not be able to eat them. I want to thank God because I can always eat my biscuits.
From today onwards, I will be acting quiet to avoid accident’ he stated.
Also speaking, Chinaza Ezeluzie, 7, said she saw so many people whose legs were hanged and as a result can neither turn the way they like nor eat as they like. She maintained that sequel to the hospital visit, she would intensify her prayers for those in the hospital, saying that prayers have the capacity of restoring the health of the individuals suffering from one ailment or another. She noted that prior to the visit, she attached no importance to the prayers said for those in the hospital but now believed that the prayer was of great importance.
For his part, Chinonso Okonkwo, said that the visit made him become more thankful to God for the gift of life and vowed to keep praying for those at hospital. He emphasized the importance of visiting those at the hospital and beckoned on parents to always go to the hospital with their children as such would help them to care more and offer helping hands to the sick.
Fides gathered that the children during the visit donated some gifts items ranging from fruits, washing soap, tissue among other items and prayed for the sick at various wards.