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Michael Igwe, US-based Nigerian doctor using Igbo Christian songs to help COVID-19 patients

A Nigerian doctor, Michael Igwe, is among health workers at the frontline in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in the United States.

The Abia-born doctor has adopted a creative way in handling COVID-19 patients including using Christian music to help himself as well as his patients.

Igwe said creativity if key for health workers to make significant progress in combating the novel disease as well as helping patients battle the disease.

He uses Igbo worship songs to lift up his spirit and help his patients overcome the fear that comes with the killer virus.

“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,” he told BBC Pidgin.

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

“During a period like this, your training at school is not enough to keep you going. That is when I call unto the Holy Spirit and my spirit will just be okay.”

Aside being a medical doctor, Igwe also believes prayers, which include songs, can be a veritable tool to help people cope with the pandemic.

“I have situations when prayer changes lives, and someone whom people thought had died would rise again. The first thing is that music helps me to focus my mind so that I can do what I am supposed to do,” he said.

“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 went on to enjoin people not to be scared, noting that with the right actions, the coronavirus pandemic would soon be a thing of the past.

“This coronavirus will come and go, we’ll survive it,” he added.

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