Over 200 members of the Eastern Regional Health Authority came together virtually in a prayer service hosted by Father Stephon Alexander, in an effort to give thanks and ask for guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic for patients and Health Care Workers. Details follow in this press release. 

“He gives power to the tired and worn out, and strength to the weak. Even the youths shall be exhausted, and the young men will give up. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings likes eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” Isaiah Chapter 40: Verses 29-31 was one of the scripture readings delivered by Mr. Ronald Tsoi-a-Fatt, Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Regional Health Authority to inspire staff during a Virtual Interfaith Service hosted on September 01,2021 under the theme ‘Rejuvenate’. 

Over 200 members of staff throughout the Eastern Region from Matelot to Guayaguayare and guests logged on to their electronic devices to listen and draw strength from the inspirational words. The service was hosted by Father Stephon Alexander from the Coryal RC Church and inspirational prayers were delivered by representatives of the Inter Religious Organisation. Ms. Esme Rawlins Charles, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the ERHA, delivered the scripture reading from Colossians Chapter 1 Verses 1-8 which reminded staff that we are all called to be holy to be set aside for God by our faith, hope and love as we live lives of holiness. 

Imitiaz Ali, Iman of The Anjuman Sunnat ul Jamaat Association (ASJA) of Trinidad and Tobago in his prayer asked for the peace, blessings, mercy and forgiveness of the lord of all the world to descend upon us all. He also asked for guidance unto the right path, protection, the best of both worlds, patience, forgiveness, mercy, goodness and success. 

Ms. Iya Marsha Clifton of the Council of Orisha Elders of Trinidad and Tobago gave thanks and paid homage to the positive ancestors who paved the way through sacrifice for hope, guidance and healing over our land. She made a clarion call to raise the positive energy and vibration for renewal, restoration regeneration and rejuvenation from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Arch Abbess Mary Forde of the TRIUNE Spiritual Baptiste Church of Trinidad and Tobago invited the presence of the lord as she prayed for the ERHA and the country as she brought the fight of the pandemic before him. She prayed for a victory over Covid-19, a spirit of wellness and asked the lord to take charge of all things. 

Representing the Hindu Community was Pandit Navin Omardath Maharaj of The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha of Trinidad and Tobago. In his first message he focused on the one that pays tribute to death and one who recovers us from death and peace. He then explained the three types of difficulties that arise in ones lives. The bodily level, physic level and situations around us. He asked that through our collective efforts may the divine lord be pleased and grant us a sense of wisdom, vision and unity. He further asked for the grace of the divine to shower his grace and his blessings upon each and everyone of us as it will take a united and joint effort. 

Dr. Ellis Burris of the Bahai Faith of Trinidad and Tobago concluded the prayer segment with a reading from the writings of Bahala which highlighted that every malady inflicting the body of man is an impediment that prevents his soul from manifesting its inherent might in power. When it leaves the body it will reveal great influence……. every sanctified soul will be endowed with tremendous power and shall rejoice. 

In the Homily, Father Alexander reflected on the Gospel of Luke and invited the staff to see themselves in an active Jesus, a healer, a savior and to see Jesus in them. He indicated that there are similarities in the day of the life of Jesus and that of the healthcare workers and the work that they are called to do. Work of healing, caring and loving. He invited staff to see how much their own touch shows love and caring to those they serve. Although they are overwhelmed by the task they are called to perform they bring hope to life by their loving touch which brings healing and comfort even in the moment of death. Once they are grounded in faith, hope and love their vocation brings new perspective to those who suffer loss. He urged staff to recognise when they are overburden and to find moments of peace and to be renewed by the loving presence in God so that they can share that love and that caring with those who they minister. 

During his address the Chief Executive Officer informed the ERHA’s team that 538 days after the Authority joined the battle against COVID-19 they had administered over 97,900 vaccines doses to assist clients in the fight. He acknowledged that to achieve this result many personal sacrifices were made by staff and they continued to go beyond the call of duty. Mr. Tsoi-a-Fatt recognised the contribution of the ERHA Team and encouraged them to pause, reflect and rejuvenate. He also reminded them to never stop doing what they do for others, even little things for sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of the hearts of clients.