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Healing concerns

Luke Rawalai
Monday, December 10, 2012

UDU district representative Emori Waqanivalu has expressed his concern on Christian healing ministries that have been advising people to refrain from using medication prescribed by hospitals.

According to Mr Waqanivalu, there were some Christian healing ministries going around villages advising against the use of medication from hospitals saying that it was not safe to use.

"I am 74 years old and I am sick most of the time but I always go to hospital to get medication for my sicknesses but now we are even told by the Ministry of Health to change the way we eat and the way we live," said Mr Waqanivalu.

"However, we are told on the radio by these healing ministries that herbal remedies are best for curing ailments as medications prescribed from hospitals have harmful effects," he said.

"I just want to know how true is the statement made by these healing ministries and whether medications given from hospitals are really harmful or may have side effects on any person," he added.

Responding to his questions, divisional medical officer north Doctor Pablo Romakin said medicines prescribed from hospitals were being given out to patients in an attempt to control and cure ailments.

"We are aware of healing ministries who are going around telling people about healthy living and healthy eating styles," said Dr Romakin.

"From the ministry's point of view, a healthy lifestyle means minimal chances of the need for hospitals by individuals and we are encouraging people to live a healthy lifestyle as the first step towards the prevention of diseases," he said.

"It does not mean that we are not entertaining people in hospitals or are not going to do our work in prescribing medicines as they will always be there for sick people," he said.


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