Cancer used to be blamed on witchcraft – Fredrick Eigbe

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Fredrick Eigbe does not come across as a medical personage, judging from the grave aura that often accompanies his colleagues in the medical profession. As an international figure, the medical expert seems to have mastered medicine, histrionics and humour in expelling the fear associated with his many health talks. Besides fielding questions on health issues with Iseribhor Okhueleigbe, the obstetrician-cum-gynaecologist explores the long-standing question of the incompatibility between religion and medicine.  

How did you acquire a sense of humour when medical doctors always look rather serious? 
You don’t have to frown or be stern to communicate ordinarily. Medical science and scriptures agree on the health benefit of cheerful disposition.  “A merry heart does good like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). Medical science confirms that negative emotions from stress, anger, depression and so on worsen some medical conditions. So why frown if you can smile?  

How have you been able to cope as a doctor with spiritual fervency, when religious beliefs and science are mutually exclusive?
Not a problem when you come to terms that doctors care and God cures. Doctors die and have limited knowledge. God is almighty, all knowing and everlasting. According to scriptures, the body is fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). As a doctor, I attest to the intricacy of the human body. Medicine and scriptures are complementary, not mutually exclusive as you claim.

Have you ever felt the need to spurn your stethoscope for the Bible in the course of your medical assignment, in order to meet a patient’s need?
No, because medicine and scriptures are not mutually exclusive; they complement each other. According to scriptures, the mind of God is for all to prosper and be in good health, even as our souls prosper (3 John 1:2). I consider myself a Christian …

Source: TELL Magazine – News

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