Call comes with responsibilities
Re: P.M. calls on Church Minister to deliver the message
Should church ministers heed the PM’s suggestion and preach to their congregations about the benefits of healthy living, this would bring significant benefits to villages and Samoa generally.
It would slash our national health costs and help prevent the onset of non-communicable illnesses like diabetes, high blood pressure, strokes, etc.
Just think of the massive reduction in the weekly household bills when people don’t feel obligated to buy pisupo, mutton flaps, or even the size two for the weekly to’ona’i or for the fa’alavelave’s.
Church ministers are ideally suited to be agents of change for this initiative because of their positions of reverence in the villages and people listen to the words delivered from the pulpit.
This role comes with its own challenges, one of which is that church ministers and their families should now walk the talk.
In other words, the people of the cloth should use themselves as examples of what good and healthy living brings, for the congregation to follow.
This might be difficult for some who might find this change of lifestyle to manage.
But at least, church ministers should give this new approach
a chance to succeed.
If this approach were to be successfully implemented and Samoa reaps the health, social and economic benefits from healthy living, this will be the biggest legacy of Stui’s reign as P.M.
Faia ma lo’u fa’aaloalo lava.