THE celebration of the world’s day of the sick has been held at the St. Louis Health Centre at Bodwesango in the Ashanti Region with a call on health workers to strive to have compassion for the sick.
The Executive Secretary of the Obuasi Catholic Diocesan Health Services, Sister Mary Obeng, who made the call, said compassion meant going directly to people in places where suffering was most acute and building homes there.
The theme for the celebration was: “The church in the service of love for the suffering.”
According to the executive secretary, the ability of health workers to appreciate the physical and psychological suffering of the sick was crucial in the success of health delivery efforts.
She noted, “It is obvious that most of our health institutions are in the rural areas where suffering is much experienced, where the sick is carried on an improvised stretcher, and where many people will not like to work.”
Sister Obeng said that demanded selflessness on the part of people who worked in the health institutions to meet the challenges.
The executive secretary said the mission of the National Catholic Health Services was centred on continuing Christ’s healing ministry in bringing healing to the greatest possible number of people.
Sister Obeng commended the Bishop of Obuasi, Most Rev Gabriel Justice Anokye, for the great role he was playing in health delivery within the diocese.