Public Health Ministry dedicates 2019 to faith

– sunrise/prayer service held 

DPI, Guyana, Monday, January 7, 2019

The Ministry of Public Health has committed its work-year 2019 to the guidance of a supreme being, with a dedication service hosted on Thursday, January 3, 2019.

Staff gathered at the ministry’s Lot 1 Brickdam compound to simply return praise and thanks to God for the successes of 2018 and they look forward to an even better 2019.

Pastor O’Brien Welch, the officiating minister of the brief service, utilized a portion of scripture from the Holy Bible which pointed out values and characteristics that should be embraced by the staff of the ministry, even as they set out to do their work.

Welch’s message was entitled, “the healthy state of the nation” and highlighted the significant role the Ministry of Public Health plays in this regard. He emphasized that a characteristic staff must possess is that of being prayerful on the job.

He outlined things which should be considered priority even as they pray at the beginning of everything they do. Among those identified are a prayer for wisdom, knowledge and understanding while they pray for guidance and direction for the leadership of the ministry and the country at large.

Welch added that staff of the Ministry of Public Health must be faithful in their work since that is the only way good work will be produced and health for all can be achieved.

Also, at the dedication service was Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence who reflected on 2018 and shared her expectations for the new year.

“In 2019, our approaches to many things will be different. I believe that we have been able to learn from the past and I myself who have absolutely no health background, I have learnt quite a lot and I believe that some of the challenges must not repeat itself. I believe that we must use those challenges to charter the way forward.”

The minister also expressed that in 2019 the staff core of the ministry is expected to learn from challenges and mistakes in 2018.

“We should take these new approaches and we will find that grace so that we ourselves will be inspired by what the apostle has said to us. We are only here to build up and not to tear down.”

In attendance were all senior officials of the Ministry including Minister within the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Karen Cummings, Permanent Secretary, Colette Adams, Chief Executive Officer of the GPHC, Retired Brigadier George Lewis and Mayor of Georgetown, His Worship Ubraj Naraine among many others.

By: Delicia Haynes.

Images: Jules Gibson.

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