Faith vs. Covid-19 protocol

By Modesto P. Sa-onoy


Standing alone in a world panicking, or made to panic, by the mandate of the World Health Organization and enforced by drumbeating of governments, is the East African country of Tanzania (pop. 58 million).

LifeSiteNews reported on March 3 that Tanzania’s President John Magufuli continues to oppose the global health protocols, particularly against the experimental vaccines. Health Minister Dorothy Gwajima supports the president.

Dorothy Gwajima says the country would follow its own protocols when testing and administering medicines.

“The ministry has its own procedure on how to receive any medicines and we do so after we have satisfied ourselves with the product,” Gwajima said. “The ministry has no plans to receive vaccines for COVID-19 before recommending more natural remedies for the virus, such as increased attention to personal hygiene, exercise, eating nutritious food, and drinking plenty of water.”

She said that there were natural treatments that proved to be beneficial for treating the virus. “Through the Chief Government Chemist, the Ministry has been working to inspect a number of natural remedies that have met the safety standards for use, are already in use and they have helped Tanzanians, including me and my family.”

Have the Philippine health officials ever done any attempt to find “natural remedies” or remedies that had been proven effective? We know that our government had not done so. They merely followed, in a kneejerk manner, what the WHO had prescribed as if WHO is the omnipotent.

I continue the lyrics of yesterday’s quoted song by Paul Simons, “And the people bowed and prayed to the neon gods they made.” How fitting that the Philippine officialdom made a god of WHO and bowed and prayed to it for a vaccine. Well, their god came out with a vaccine that does not prevent or protect but rakes in a lot of money from a people consciously denied information and freedom to choose.

Expectedly, Tanzania did not receive any vaccine from the International Vaccine Alliance.

The health minister’s comments support Magufuli’s words against the vaccines that expressed deep suspicion about the injections. “If the white man was able to come up with vaccinations, then vaccinations for AIDS would have been brought, tuberculosis would be a thing of the past, vaccines for malaria and cancer would have been found.”

Magufuli has also refused to shut the country down. While there was an initial closure affecting schools, sports, and the border, the country’s markets, businesses, and churches remained open.

“We Tanzanians haven’t locked ourselves in and we don’t expect to lock ourselves down,” Magufuli said. “I don’t expect to announce any lockdown because our God is living and He will continue to protect Tanzanians.”

What happened to the Catholic Philippines? No faith even the size of a mustard seed? Sure we prayed but closed out churches and bowed to the WHO.

Tanzania’s last reported incidence of 509 cases and 21 deaths was April 20, 2020 and did not report again. In June, Magufuli declared that the country had eradicated the virus. He attributed the event to divine intervention, giving an address in a church in the capital of Dodoma, where he said, “I want to thank Tanzanians of all faiths. We have been praying and fasting for God to save us from the pandemic that has afflicted our country and the world. But God has answered us.”

WHO increased its pressure on Tanzania to take part in the organization’s response to the infections. Its Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged Tanzania “to scale public health measures against COVID-19 and to prepare for vaccination global roll out and implement the public health measures that we know work in breaking the chains of transmission.”

Tedros did not mention what measures work. Well, because there’s none, not even the expensive and experimental vaccine.

Magufuli commented on the use of masks, but still prioritizing “faith” as a response to the virus. “I have not said people should not wear facemasks, don’t misquote me, however, some facemasks are substandard, if you have to wear them, please consider those locally made. Most people who have been affected are in urban areas. We will defeat this virus by faith.”

Just like the Biblical Nineveh, faith and penance (fasting) with no dictated remedies by the new gods.