Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet posted a message on his official Facebook page on Friday, thanking Mary Isaac, who served as Health and Wellness Minister in his administration, for her service.
Isaac has been the target of criticism during and after her tenure as Minister over the way she discharged her responsibilities.
“People will say whatever they want about you, but the universe knows the truth. Thank you for your service Mary,” the former PM wrote.
A copy of a September 9, 2021 letter to Isaac from the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, accompanied Chastanet’s Facebook post.
On behalf of PAHO and the World Health Organization, and her behalf, Etienne’s letter expressed ‘sincere thanks’ to Isaac for the collaboration shared during the Minister’s tenure.
“We wish to applaud your commitment to strengthening the health system with the Information Systems For Health (IS4H) Maturity Model assessment and in developing the ISH4 policy and date governance manual,” Etienne wrote.
“In addition, your determination to ensure the Ministry of Health and Wellness increased its capacity to execute its essential public health functions and stewardship was noteworthy,” the letter observed.
The PAHO Director also commended Isaac on the ‘arduous task’ of transitioning from Victoria Hospital to the new Owen King EU Hospital and ‘ the redevelopment of the former into the Victoria Hospital Respiratory Centre to manage COVID-19 patients.’
“Your work to keep Saint Lucians safe through the development of appropriate COVID-19 risk communication strategies and messages in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was exemplary,” Etienne stated.
“We again congratulate you on implementing the Public Health (Smoking Control) Regulations, which established a smoking ban in public places, workplaces, and on public transportation,” the letter stated.
It recalled that ‘this notable accomplishment’ won Saint Lucia WHO’s 2021 World No-Tobacco Day Award in the Americas.