Greek Bishop Battles Cholera in Congo

episkopos_gambon_PadeleimonThe Bishop of Brazzaville and Gabon, His Grace Panteleimon (Congo), of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa, has joined the battle against cholera in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo). This is an effort to boost as much as possible the population of a region that is in the epicenter of a fatal epidemic.

The Greek Bishop attended a conference that was held in the Town Hall of Pointe-Noire, the second largest city of the Congo, under the presidency of the Governor Alexander Honoré Paka. His aim was to be informed and activated about stemming the cholera outbreak that is in progress.

According to data presented, 1,054 declared cases of patients have been located, 12 of which passed away.

Bishop Panteleimon committed to distributing relevant informative circulars of the country’s Health Ministry to all parish churches and to all the Diocese’s charitable institutions in order to inform pilgrims, employees and those interested.  He committed that groups of volunteers will distribute brochures to residents and students in the cities of Pointe-Noire District, and that there will be material contribution to the local church in an effort to deal with this very serious health threat.

The Governor expressed the State’s grateful thanks to the Orthodox Church in Congo, the only Christian Church that responded actively and directly to the country’s appeal.


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