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Diocese campaigns against superstition

It aimed to educate parents about the harmful affects of superstition.


The Miao diocese in Arunachal Pradesh conducted an anti-superstition education campaign for parents after negligence and blind faith led to the death of a student.

The deceased was a student at St. Xavier's primary school in Lazu, part of the diocese. At a regular school health check up before the Christmas break, he was diagnosed with appendicitis.

St. Xavier's principal Fr. Joy Moc urged the parents to seek medical treatment for their son at a hospital during the Christmas vacation.

But trusting in supernatural, magical cures and having blind faith, the parents failed to get medical treatment for their son and the boy died from the rupture of his appendix.

“An innocent life is lost. We do not want to repeat these incidents in future,” Fr. Moc said.

In an effort to educate parents, the diocese launched a health and anti-superstition campaign in Lazu.

On Jan. 17, more than 500 students and faithful of the diocese participated in the medical awareness program.

A “Say No to Superstition” march was held on Jan. 17, with participants holding banners with the slogan “health is our right,” “go to the doctor when you are sick,” and “right medicine at the right time.”

The school collaborated with the local Catholic “Seva Kendra,” or social center, to educate and empower the local population with regard to health care.

Three nuns conducted workshops on various health awareness topics to make people to respond to timely medical needs so as to avoid such tragic events in the future.

They explained the importance of timely medical treatment, immunizations, and personal cleanliness, in addition to prayer for health.

An official of the Assam Rifles, a national paramilitary force which assists in communications, medical assistance and education in such remote areas as the Miao diocese, spoke to those gathered about the free medicines available to them at the Seva Kendra.

A physician from the nearest hospital, located some 25 miles away, educated the people about illnesses and their treatment.

The participants pledged to care for themselves and their families by going to physicians when sick and “saying no to superstitions.”

Source: Catholic News Agency

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