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Wednesday 19th October 2016


Nuku’alofa Times - Page 12

Fiji’s miracle healing water


SUVA, Fiji (Sunday Chronicle): Water from a spring near a village in Tailevu Province, Fiji, has been found to be miraculously healing people with skin diseases, dietetic patients, eye problems and other diseases. The news of the miracle water from Natadradave spring healing people with diseases has reached many people around the country and the Pacific who are flocking in numbers to the site. The Fiji government confirms it will not interfere with the daily visits by people to the Natadradave stream in Tailevu. Fiji’s Ministry of Health acting secretary Dr Joe Koroivueta said people had testified of being healed and the ministry supported such reports. He told local media that people feel better after visiting the place and washing in the water or drinking it. “If people are getting healed from that water then why disturb it? Maybe it is beyond our explanation and it is only right to leave it at that,” Dr Koroivueta said. “Right now, people are still going there and our issue is to ensure that public facilities are available, in terms of conveniences.” He confirmed that tests were conducted to see the quality of water and not tested for its healing ability. “The test that was done was to basically look at the quality in drinking and not as the test that people per ceived it to be,” he said. “When it comes to healing from this water, I believe it is beyond science or scientific measures as to why people got better. “The wonderful thing is that people have become better and that is what we want to see and we thank the chiefs and the villagers of Natadradave for allowing people to utilise the water. We should be very grateful.” There have been more claims by members of the public, who have visited Natadradave, of being healed of ailments. The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) is upgrading the track to the site of the spring in Natadradave in Dawasamu, Tailevu. WAF chief executive of-

People visiting the miracle healing water in numbers. Pictures: PETER KINJAP ficer Opetaia Ravai said the authority takes seriously the important role it plays in making people’s lives better. Mr Ravai said that WAF saw this as contributing to meeting the authority’s corporate social responsibility by providing access to shower facilities and safe drinking water for the visitors during their visit to the village. The Natadradave Water Committee leader, Apimeleki Tola said the villagers were grateful for the authority’s assistance. “We are indeed grateful to the assistance of the Water Authority especially for the walkway that was done last week and the proposed work to be done,” he said. “This will increase the supply of water to cater for the increasing demand because right now the water is just sipping through everywhere and there is less water coming through to the main outlet for the people’s consumption whether it be for drinking or for bathing. “The whole of last night all the vehicles and buses have been queuing up and we really cannot do anything, we just have to accommodate them and their needs. We feel that there is a great need to upgrade this so that we can have proper water supply.” District Officer Korovou Iakobo Waqanidrola said,

after a meeting with the villagers, the water has also been made available at the village of Delakado. “Members of the public can use the same water at the Delakado village as well as the one at the Natadradave village while we will work on the upgrade at Natadradave,” said Mr Waqanidrola. As village headman Tomasi Naisoso puts it, every rehabilitation work had to be put on hold to assist the thousands that flock to the stream every day and every night. It is a 24-hour service that forced the three other neighbouring villagers to give up precious farm time to serve those in search of miracles. Fiji Times news team itnessed firsthand what can be termed as ‘miracle’ not one but a few, yet there were others that had gone before us. A 75-year-old Mohammed Khalil had been bed ridden for a year. His wife Haliman helped bathe him and feed him. He entered the shower at Natadradave on wheelchair only to return walking. And according to the ecstatic Wailailai resident of Ba, it feels good to be able to walk again and put on his own clothes. A 65-year-old Lautoka resident Luke Cula had been suffering from shortness of breath and could not do heavy work, he would take

a few steps and had to take ing to drink or bath, running going there and our issue is a rest. But after bathing and around in the village and to ensure that public facilities are available, in terms drinking he walked from some even passing out. of conveniences.” the pool, uphill to where the Koroivueta said the wabus was parked without the Health Ministry Dr ter at Natadradave was not aid of his wife and without the issue. happy resting. He confirmed that tests were Ulaiasi Ramena had been suffering from a bad cough The Fijian government says conducted to see the quality but was no more. And will not interfere with the of water and not tested for for four months his aunt, daily visitation by people to its healing ability. 76-year-old Varanisese Mc- the Natadradave stream in “The test that was done was to basically look at the qualGoon could not walk after Tailevu. two stroke attacks earlier Fiji’s Ministry of Health ity in drinking and not as the in the year. At Natadradave acting permanent secretary test that people perceived it she was able to stand with- Doctor Joe Koroivueta said to be,” he said. out any pain, she was able people had testified of being “When it comes to healing to move her legs and hands healed and the ministry sup- from this water, I believe it is beyond science or sciand in addition gone was ported such reports. “People feel better from vis- entific measures as to why the slurred speech. Earlier in the day a blind iting the place and after all, people got better. Rotuman woman washed one of the famous doctrines “The wonderful thing is that is that above all, do not do people have become better her eyes only to see again. and that is what we want to Mr Naisoso claims that the harm,” he said. * te mau lava ‘o ma’u atu ha’o water could also reveal if a “If people are getting healed see and we thank the chiefs water then why and pēthe villagers of Nataperson was practisingfa’ahinga sor- from that me’atokoni cery or witchcraft. He said disturb it? Maybe it is be- dradave for allowing people to utilise the water. We our explanation for and wedding, there had* been of yond catering we cases provide those performing such acts it is only right to leave it at should be very grateful.” birthday, etc • Some extracts from The doing the unordinary things that. like being angry and refus- “Right now people are still Fiji Times

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