Saint Lucia’s Health Minister, Mary Isaac, has declared that this country does not intend to ban alcohol.
Earlier this week she had indicated that the authorities may have to consider a complete ban.
““So maybe if our citizens cannot understand that they need to be responsible when they consume alcohol, we may well have to maybe ban alcohol altogether,” Isaac had asserted.
But amid a firestorm over her remarks, the Minister sought to assure the public that a ban was not on the cards.
She spoke during Wednesday’s edition of the Real FM programme, Newsspin.
“We have absolutely no intention, I reiterate, we have no intention of banning alcohol,” Isaac stated.
“So you need not be so afraid,” she explained during the programme.
Real FM advertised the broadcast as ‘Rum Talk With Mary Isaac’.
“What we want to do, we want to ensure that we educate our population so that they can drink responsibility,” Isaac said.
She explained to programme host, Timothy Poleon, that the authorities also want citizens to take responsibility for their actions.
“How they consume alcohol – not to overly consume alcohol because it is damaging our society,” Isaac said.
She wanted all Saint Lucians to know that the government cares.
“It is because we care that we take the decisions that we take,” Senator Isaac asserted.
She explained that caring is not about talk, but actions.
“And this is what this government is doing in Saint Lucia – we are showing our people that we care,” the Minister said.
Headline photo caption: Mary Isaac (l) & Timothy Poleon