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Girl rescued from restrictive belief

05 September 2013, 14:08 Kennedy Odhiambo

A 17-year-old girl who had been locked in a house for one month in Bukhaywa, Kabras division, and denied to seek treatment was rescued by the area Chief Isaiah Sikunzi.

This was due to the family's religious belief. Africa Church of Holy Spirit, where the family fellowships, does not allow the sick to go to hospital but rather seek divine healing.

The girl was admitted to the Nala Hospital in Kakamega County suffering from typhoid after the area Chief and police intervened.

“I ask those who believe in Holy Spirit faith to avoid those beliefs and seek medical attention when sick. Am wondering which Bible these people read, since even God helps those who help themselves," said Chief Isaiah.

The believers and pastor of the Africa church of Holy Spirit believe that God will treat them at home and seeking medical attention is a sign of faithlessness. They discourage congregants from going to hospital since it is against their doctrine.

It is reported that the mother of the rescued girl died from malaria last year after refusing to go to hospital.

"This habit should be discouraged since these people are living in the past; last year, I saw two people die from similar cases,” added the Chief.

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