The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) on Monday advised Nigerians to show love and concern for the well-being of patients in hospitals across the nation.
Rev. Olufemi Ikusagba of Ikorodu Branch told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that neglect of sick people in hospitals was doing more harm to their psychological state.
Ikusagba said this during the distribution of gifts by the church to patients at the Ikorodu General Hospital.
“The presentation of gifts to the patients is to express our love and care; to show them that they are not alone.
“It is our way of showing the world how Valentine season should be celebrated. It should be a day of sharing love with people that cannot repay us.
“I will encourage others to also develop this attitude; it does not have to be costly, it is the heart that matters”.
Ikusagba advised the Federal Government to review the N221.7 billion allocated to health sector in the 2016 budget as it would be inadequate for effective medical service delivery in the country.
Mr Adewoye Oyeleye, the Youth Leader of the church, said that the visit was to teach youths to shun immorality during Valentine celebration and embrace the “value of agape love in their dealings”.
Mrs Queen Eyemi, a patient said: “I am really impressed by the gesture of the church. I have been in the hospital with few visitors coming around to check me.
“When I saw the members moving around the ward with gifts and prayers for the patients, hope rekindled in me and I felt loved.”
Mrs Olukemi Badejo, the Chief Matron of the hospital, commended the church for its gesture of love towards the sick.
“It is not easy for people to be on sick bed in hospital, your gesture shows them that though they are sick, they are still loved and not abandoned,” Badejo said.