Health healers united?
The Ministry of Health will seek ways for holistic therapy groups, faith-based organisations and conventional health practitioners to work together for the well being of Barbadians.
So says Minister of Health John Boyce, who told the opening of a Holistic Health Fair on Sunday.
“All those who are participating in the healing of Barbadians are our partners and [I’m] urging you of course to keep working towards these very honourable goals.”
Describing as very amiable, a meeting held last month with Barbados’ churches, he spoke of a declaration signed with those organisations on their involvement with the nation’s health, and told the holistic therapists: “I would like to urge the Ministry of Health to look at the opportunities of joining your work with the work of faith-based organisations with the work of the Ministry of Health per se in whatever way we can help to continue to offer Barbadians this relief and comfort, and indeed ultimately healing.”
Under the umbrella of the Barbados Reiki Association, that boasts some 100 trained holistic therapists, practitioners of this art held their annual fair, filling the Harrison College auditorium and spreading across the school compound. Organisers say these fairs have been held annually since 1998.
In spite of his announced intention to ensure closer collaboration of the various healers in Barbados, Boyce said to the therapists: “Of course I know that the work you do is sometimes challenged by other practitioners, especially medical practitioners. But I think there is room for both of us to exist, or all of us, when you put it that way, to exist in Barbados.”
“The Ministry of Health embraces the concept of holistic health, recognising that our health is not limited to physical or biological attributes, but is inclusive of our mental, social and spiritual well being, as defined in the Caribbean Charter Of Health Promotion,” he said.
Stressing the importance mental and spiritual dimensions of health because they work together for overall well being, Boyce said: “In this regard, the Reiki Association and similar groups play a key role in providing services which help people to develop self-awareness and expand their understanding of themselves in relation to others.”