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Church leaders reveal why women flock the church than men

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In one of his sermons, Bishop T.D. Jakes said women are the pillars of their families and that it is common to find that it is the wife who goes to church than the man.

He teaches that women are hungry for fellowship and spiritual uplifting which sums up as empowerment. While this is true, women on the other hand are often portrayed in churches as desperate-for-miracles. Take for example what happened at Solution House By Jesus Christ in Pilane this past Sunday. Ninety-eight percent of the congregants that went up to the front to confess their sins for using traditional doctors and muti were women.

While some said they visited traditional doctors to look for jobs and to strengthen their struggling businesses, majority said they were in search for potential husbands or to ensure the men they are dating marry them. One heavily pregnant woman said she had been with her boyfriend for seven years and visited a traditional doctor who gave him muti to bathe with so that he does not leave her.

“He also gave me muti to put in his food, which I panicked to do,” she said, revealing that he charged her P50 per visit,” she said, asking for deliverance. In a loud voice, Prophetess Kebaleele Ditsebe warned men in the church to discern and to be spirit-filled in order to escape the seduction of women coming to church for wrong reasons. During the service, there were those who said they had been moving around churches to ‘destroy’ church leaders who do not have a strong Godly power.

When you watch Christian television channels, you would see that it is mostly women that are always lying on the floors, vomiting stuff and being delivered. Pastor Elizabeth Nyathi has this observation about women in churches: That women love God and have been called by God to win their unbelieving husbands to God through their conduct. She said that the reason women are mostly attacked by the devil is because they carry power to transform nations. “When Christ resurrected, it was women who witnessed it first.

Deborah, the mother of Israel, was a prophetess, a judge and a wife; so women are powerful when they fear God,” she said. Her other realisation is that women who do not fear God attract attacks from the enemy. “Women need to pray like never before and all these demon manifestations they exhibit in churches will end. We need women to be used by God to change lives and not to manifest that they are destroying other women’s lives,” she said.

Apostle Moses Muradzi of Gospel Glory Ministries said that situations in life make women vulnerable to the devices of the enemy. He has handled conflicts in church where women, both young and old, and those in leadership fought each other. “In one incident, one of them accused the others of destroying her courtship with a brother in church and she ended up leaving church,” he said. On a lighter note, he said men are often hard-hearted and do not want to be told what to do even when it is an instruction in the Bible. He however said there are committed and consistent men who go to church and serve.

“Just like women, we have men who come to ask for help. For example, need for a wife, a job, business growth and deliverance from generational curses. It’s just that women are mostly attacked because they are the ones that love God more in most families,” he said. He however revealed that women are the most effective leaders in churches, explaining that just as they run their homes well, they also ensure there is order in the church. “Women understand excellence better and they are behind the success of church events because they work hard. They are not just capable, but also available,” he said. Women are almost two thirds more likely than men to believe in God, a major study of attitudes among middle aged Britons has found.

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Healthcare system to improve

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The Health ministry has developed a seven-point programme to guide the country in improving the healthcare system, says Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Alfred Rabashemi Madigele.

“The seven priority areas will serve as a roadmap and a guardian angel towards improving the overall healthcare system and increasing access to health care while fighting the burden of disease that confronts us,” said Madigele at Masa Square Hotel on Tuesday.

The focal areas include decentralisation; Universal Health Coverage, Tertiary Care, Strategic leveraging on the Private sector; Supply Chain; Research as well as Staff welfare and accountability.
Point-one of the seven priority areas according to Dr Madigele is about empowering the District Health Management Teams (DHMTs) and transforming them into fully fledged Regional Health Authorities.

“In this case, they will be rationalised from 27 to 18 and have the authority to hire A and B Scales, promote up to C1 and manage micro procurement,” he said. Point two is about improving the quality of healthcare services. “The main causes of mortality and their risk factors in Botswana are Primary Health Care issues,” Dr Madigele said.

He added that “Our efforts for the attainment of Universal Health Coverage should thus focus on: Prevention; Comprehensive screening; Early treatment; and Surveillance at the community.”
This he said, would require revamped grassroots efforts in which adequate numbers of community health workers through partnerships with the non-governmental sector will be deployed as necessary.

According to Dr Madigele, the top five causes of death in Botswana in 2017 were HIV/AIDS, Ischemic heart disease, stroke, lower respiratory infections and Diabetes. He said compared to 2007, NCDs among these had increased in burden by an average of 34%. The top five risk factors related to these causes of mortality were unsafe sex; poor diet; high blood pressure; alcohol abuse and tobacco use.

Improving the quality of care, Madigele said will also include the safety and security of patients; attitudes of staff as experienced by patients; time taken in queues either before seeing a health worker or receiving medication and the availability of drugs.

Meanwhile, the health minister revealed that the commissioning of Sir Ketumile Masire Teaching Hospital (SKMTH) is ongoing with the facility scheduled for opening on April 24th. “This will be a phased approach commencing with some services including paediatric oncology, internal medicine, rheumatology and endocrinology, diagnostic radiology, laboratory services and pharmacy”.

A phased commissioning of SKMTH will reduce overdependence on South Africa for referrals, reduce costs and also institutionalise provision of super specialist services within Botswana.

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Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has refuted claims that she is under the radar of the Financial Intelligence Agency. Dr Venson-Moitoi who pulled out of the Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) presidential race at the eleventh hour, was last week reported to have had her accounts frozen because she was being investigated by FIA.

It was alleged that the freezing of the accounts would have a negative bearing on her campaign as she could not access her funds. Responding to enquiries on the issue during a media briefing in Kang Village, Dr Venson-Moitoi said the allegations were far from the truth.

According to the former cabinet minister, all her accounts were clean and she was accessing her funds without any challenge. “The person who was saying all those things was lying. My accounts are clean as we speak. I was never confronted by FIA or anyone. As far as I know I am not under any investigations,” she said.

Linked to that, it had emerged that Dr Venson-Moitoi’s campaign was being funded from outside the country especially by the some rich families in South Africa. Reports then suggested that her source of funding was blocked through the intervention of FIA, and that even her accounts were frozen. She dismissed the reports as propaganda that was perhaps spread to soil her campaign.

“I am clean. This is why I am never mentioned in missing funds from National Petroleum Fund or those of Capital Management Botswana,” said the Serowe South Member of Parliament. Last month Dr Venson-Moitoi had reported to the Directorate of Intelligence and Security (DIS) Director General Peter Magosi that she was not happy that she is being followed around the country by security agents.

Magosi dismissed the claims on grounds that his organisation is not the only one that uses private motor vehicles.

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