Take ARVs and holy water - health dept

2016-04-20 06:00

AFTER learning that an Ixopo church was using “holy water” to treat the sick, the health department have encouraged parishioners to take their ARVs with the blessed water.

KZN Health MEC Sibongiseni Dhlomo visited the St Faith’s Apostolic Faith Mission Church in Jolivet­, in rural areas of Ixopo, to thank the church for encouraging its sick parishioners to attend a nearby Jolivet Clinic.

A nurse in the area, Silindile Khumalo, informed the MEC that next to the clinic was a church with a faith healer who used holy water to heal sick people.

She said the healer was very powerful and that people have absolute trust in his prowess.

It is believed that sick people would prioritise the church and its holy water and only present themselves to the clinic at a stage when they were critically ill.

The faith healer, Priest Nhlanhla Nzimande, confirmed what had been taking place. He also asked the health department to approve having the Jolivet Clinic operating on a 24-hour basis.

“Yes, people do come to the church sick, at all hours needing to be healed. Because of the good relationship we have with the nurses, we do refer some to the clinic and when they return with medication, we pray those patients use our holy water to take the medication.”

Khumalo said the relationship between the church and the clinic changed the disease complexion of the area. - Supplied.

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