Barrington Flemming, Gleaner Writer
Pastor Glen Samuels has urged politicians to improve the way they relate to each other, especially at this moment in Jamaica's history when citizens are being cut down by cold, calculated criminals.
"So when the politicians are deliberating national issues, people look at the way they relate to each other, how they conduct themselves, and their behaviour and response are generally shaped from some of these actions," argued Samuels, ministerial secretary and Sabbath school personal ministries director at the Jamaica Union Conference of Seventh Day Adventists .
Samuels was speaking last Thursday during the graduation ceremony for Cornwall School of Midwifery at the Calvary Baptist Church, held under the theme: 'Saving Lives: Striving for Excellence'.
He said politicians and other persons in leadership should use refined speech and be the peacemakers as they ought to remember that somebody else is looking at them and emulating what they do.
Samuels said the society had developed an attitude of see no evil, hear no evil, which means that on many occasions, persons close their eyes to social injustices and violence.
"The next time you close your eyes and refuse to hear and refuse to speak, you may be the one to lose your life."
Addressing the newly commissioned midwives, Samuels urged them to not only make the delivery of babies a dignified process, but to show care to the parents and help teach them to care as a new life is ushered into the world.
"We have a generation now that is lacking the capacity to care. They are the youngsters between 12 and 25 years who are the ones committing the major crimes," Samuels said. "So in carrying out your professional duties, teach the parents to be responsible, and advise some of the mothers not to have anymore because some of whom you deliver today, you might have to be delivered from them tomorrow."
Marva Lawson-Byfield, director of nursing services at the Ministry of Health, urged the midwives to make the delivery of babies a dignified process that embodies compassion and sincerity.
"You have a responsibility to be safe and thorough and to ensure that you praise the mother, liberally. I give unto you CARS, be Curious, Alert, Receptive and Skeptical. In all this, remember never to lose the kind heart."
Stacy Ann Morris, from Batch 18 Basic Midwifery, copped three awards: Outstanding Academic Performance, Highest Grade in Oral and Practical Examinations, and the Prestigious Grabham Award for Most Outstanding Student.
For Post-Basic Midwifery, Fiona Freckelton copped the Grabham Award.