Min­istry OK With Crowd Run­ning to Dawasamu

Peo­ple have tes­ti­fied they have been healed, felt bet­ter and that’s what we want, for peo­ple to feel bet­ter, says Dr Koroivueta.

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The Min­istry of Health has for the first time sup­ported the hun­dreds of peo­ple flock­ing to the so-called heal­ing wa­ters in Natadrave­drave Vil­lage in Tailevu. In an in­ter­view in Savusavu, the Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Health, Doc­tor Josefa Koroivueta said if the water was mirac­u­lous then they would leave it be as peo­ples’ well­ness was pri­or­ity.

“Af­ter all one of the fa­mous doc­trines is that above all do not do harm and if peo­ple are get­ting heal­ing from that water, why dis­turb it?” Dr Koroivueta said. Many have at­tested to the heal­ing of the water in re­cent weeks. “From the min­istry we would like to say that peo­ple have tes­ti­fied that they have been healed, they felt much bet­ter and that’s what we want, for peo­ple to feel bet­ter,” Dr Koroivueta said.

“Maybe it is be­yond our ex­pla­na­tion and it is only right to leave it at that be­cause right now peo­ple are still go­ing there, our is­sue is to en­sure that pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties are avail­able, in terms of con­ve­niences. Not the water.”

He said the test that was car­ried out was to check if the water was safe for drink­ing and the Min­istry had given the green light.

“The test that was done ba­si­cally to look at the qual­ity in drink­ing, not as the test that peo­ple per­ceived it to be be­cause when it comes to heal­ing I be­lieve it is be­yond sci­ence and sci­en­tific mea­sure as to why peo­ple get bet­ter,” he said.

“The won­der­ful thing is that peo­ple have be­come bet­ter and that is what we want to see. “I think more to that we should thank the peo­ple of Natadra­dave, the chiefs, el­ders for al­low­ing oth­ers to come and utilise the water.”

Af­ter all one of the fa­mous doc­trines is that above all do not do harm and if peo­ple are get­ting heal­ing from that water, why dis­turb it?

Dr Josefa Koroivueta

Act­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary for Health

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