Church leaders commit to continue supporting COVID control measures
Dr Christopher Tufton
Health and Wellness Minister, Dr Christopher Tufton, has reported receiving a firm commitment from church leaders nationally, to continuously play their parts in combating the COVID-19 challenge locally.
The affirmation came out of a second meeting held with the members of the Christian church community on Thursday, November 12).
Represented at the meeting were leaders of the major denominations, including Seventh-Day Adventist, Pentecostal and Church of God.
Tufton said for the most part, the measures that have been put in place by the Government have helped to curb the spread of the virus, but was quick to point out the side effects that ‘COVID fatigue’ has been having on the population, especially the more vulnerable.
“It is important that we meet with the various stakeholders, including the church, to solicit their support in helping to combat the added challenges of mental health and other strains that the restrictions have inadvertently caused. The church has far-reaching impact and influence, both at the national and community levels, and therefore are critical partners for us at this time,” said the minister.
For its part, the church leadership commended the Government for its efforts, and also agreed to continue to provide support by adhering to all the protocols, including those established for religious services, and to offer counselling to its members and the wider community, who/which may be suffering from ‘COVID fatigue’.
The church leaders and, by extension, persons from the memberships, were also invited to join the ministry’s Community Mental Health Response Programme.
The meeting, which was held virtually, was also used to update the church community on the latest COVID-19 data and the possible trends going into the Christmas season. Tufton noted that Cabinet was scheduled to meet to decide on the measures for the yuletide season, for which the church’s support will also be needed.