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Dinner & Discussion

by Dr. Lester Leong
Date: 12-Feb-09 Thursday

The CMDF Committee and some guests had the privilege of attending a D&D (dinner and discussion) at Dr.Goh Wei Leong’s residence with Rev. Dr. Chris Gnanakan who heads the Department of Pastoral Theology & Counseling at the South Asia Institute for Advanced Christian Studies, Bangalore, South India. Having been involved in various healthcare-related conferences, Rev. Dr. Chris Gnanakan spoke very insightfully on the positive paradigm shifts he has noticed in the worldwide development of healthcare. These included perceiving the patient as a guest rather than a customer, and therefore extending the Judeo-Christian concept of “kindness to strangers” to him or her. Increasingly, there has been a shift from “curing” (the sickness) to “healing” (the whole person), and from the patient as passive sufferer to active participant in the healing process. The discussion served as a challenge for us as some of these shifts were either non-existent or, at best, a very early work in progress here in Singapore.