Why not Ministry of Health and Truth?

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Why not Ministry of Health and Truth?

Monday, June 24, 2019

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Dear Editor,
It was necessary for the health ministry's name to be adjusted to reflect its worth, depth and reach. However, the addition of “wellness”, though trendy, demonstrates the weakness in how we consider health from the levels of our health administrators, its practitioners, and of the common man.

Although one would desire to catch a 'fire' of consciousness in a sector which is so ubiquitous and basic to any people, its impact needs to penetrate deeply and be well rooted.

The common man is often in search of a 'hack' to good health and salvation. Health practitioners and the elect among their respective religions know this, so they oblige those whom they serve by facilitating this expectation; hence, the provision of medicaments, seen as panaceas by the layman.

But health is not what one determines it to be, just like salvation.

Considering this, a Ministry of Health and Truth should have been the newly adopted name. Officials of the World Health Organization have cited the distortions or lack of appreciation of “scientific truth” as the basis of some of our worst fears of impending global health crises. This is a major challenge for places like Jamaica, where everybody's truth is the truth.

A former minister of national security once declared that our challenges required divine intervention. In defining health, our issues require it as well.

Andre O Sheppy

Norwood, St James


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