NewsWorldChristian Minority Takes Charge in COVID-19 Fight in Bangladesh

Christian Minority Takes Charge in COVID-19 Fight in Bangladesh

-

Christians account for less than half a percent of the population in predominantly Muslim country Bangladesh. Despite being a minority group, Christians in Bangladesh play a key role in the country’s fight against Covid-19.

About 280 Christian doctors and 4,000 nurses in Bangladesh are in the front line in the Covid-19 response, according to Dr. Edward Pallab Rozario, vice-president of the Christian Medical Association of Bangladesh (CMAB).

In an interview with UCA News, Dr. Rozario said, “These doctors and nurses have taken great risks in serving Covid-19 patients and some of them and their family members have been infected. Yet they were not disheartened and returned to work after recovering.”

Christians might be a small minority but they are a significant minority, which they have demonstrated again during this pandemic. —Mithushilak Murmu, Christian writer

He added that some doctors offer online and mobile services to patients, not only giving medical advice, but emotional support as well.

There are 13 Christian hospitals in Bangladesh where some have made the necessary changes to accommodate Covid-19 patients. Dr. Rozario disclosed that, “Our hospitals don’t have the capacity to serve Covid-19 patients, but they follow government guidelines.”

Christian Mission Hospital is one which dedicated itself in the battle against the deadly virus. The administrators of the hospital handed the reins over to the Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital to serve people infected with the SARS-like disease.

Lutheran Aid to Medicine in Bangladesh (LAMB) Hospital set up an intensive care unit with 10 beds just for Covid-19 patients. Christian Hospital in Chandraghona in Rangamati district operates a 24/7 flu corner and special observation room since March.

“Christians might be a small minority but they are a significant minority, which they have demonstrated again during this pandemic. They have dedicated whatever resources they have to be a part of the national battle,” said prominent Christian writer Mithushilak Murmu.

Meanwhile, Christian charity organization, Open Doors has provided food items, including rice, oil, sugar, and lentils, to almost 1,100 families in Bangladesh affected by the pandemic.

Also, the Catholic Church launched a charity fund to offer financial and medical support the victims of Coronavirus. The Corona Charity Fund aims to help 1,500 families in the capital city of Dhaka. “It is our Christian responsibility to respond to this difficult situation through our sincere prayer, sacrifices and financial support,” said Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario in a letter sent to news agency, Agenzia Fides.

Joyce Dimaculangan
Joyce has more than 15 years experience writing news, industry articles and blogs for the private and public sectors. Most of her career was spent writing technical documentation for a software company in the Philippines. She earned a B.A. in Communication Arts with a concentration in writing from the University of the Philippines, Los Baños. During her leisure time, Joyce pursues her interest in reading fiction and playing with her dogs. She can be contacted at Joyce@onechristianvoice.com.

Latest news

Kel Mitchell’s Journey From Actor to Pastor

Former Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell shares his journey from being one of the most successful actors in Hollywood to becoming a youth pastor in California.

After 800 years, Church of England Apologizes for Anti-Jewish Laws

A church service in London on May 8, 2022 marked the 800 years of the Synod of Oxford. The Church of England apologized for its "shameful actions" for the synod.

Less Than Half of Christians See Missions as Mandate from Christ —Barna

Research found that pastors and laypeople have different views when it comes to missionary work.

Chinese Open Theological Seminary in Italy

The first Chinese theological seminary was opened in Italy on April 2022. A group of 55 Chinese churches founded the Italian Chinese Theological Seminary in Rome.

US Congress Calls for the Protection of Jerusalem’s Christians

A bipartisan group of congresspeople sent a letter to US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken on April 29 to raise concerns over the rise in attacks against Christians in Jerusalem.

Christian hip-hop is a ‘bridge’ between the church and the world, Lecrae says

The music by Christian hip-hop artist Lecrae and his label Reach Records may not yet be in your church...

Must read

Kel Mitchell’s Journey From Actor to Pastor

Former Nickelodeon star Kel Mitchell shares his journey from being one of the most successful actors in Hollywood to becoming a youth pastor in California.

After 800 years, Church of England Apologizes for Anti-Jewish Laws

A church service in London on May 8, 2022 marked the 800 years of the Synod of Oxford. The Church of England apologized for its "shameful actions" for the synod.

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you