Isaac calls for resignations of Human Services Minister, Director

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Isaac calls for resignations of Human Services Minister, Director
Mary Isaac
Mary Isaac
Mary Isaac

Senator Mary Isaac is calling for the resignations of Human Services Minister Alvina Reynolds and Director Elizabeth Lewis following the death of a four-year-old boy whose mother claims Human Services failed to look into reports that he was being abused.

Isaac believes that the Human Services Department must be held partly responsible for Milan Ferdinand’s death, even though Lewis claims that the department only received one report of abuse for the child and upon examining him, the doctor said the case was not serious.

The United Workers Party (UWP) senator argued that the “lack of resources” is the main defense being discussed by the department, but said it is inexcusable.

The senator believes more competent people should be put in these key positions that would get the work done, emphasizing that Saint Lucia cannot afford another case like this to happen again.

Isaac said: “They sit, they get paid and they wait for things to happen on their own accord. This is not what they are put there to do. People who head departments and ministries have responsibilities for whatever is happening in those organizations. They have to ensure to make enough noise and develop proposals to get those resources.”

Isaac also cited cases where children died under the care of parents or caregivers which had been reported to either the Police Force or the Human Services Department, but nothing was done about it. She made reference to the case involving 12-year-old Verlinda Joseph, who was raped and murdered back in 2004.

“When people go and report things like that in Saint Lucia, it seems to fall on deaf ears, because there are so many of these cases being reported. Its only when something drastic like this happens that you find out that these cases were in the hands of the authorities and nothing was being done,” she stated.

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  1. For years and years and years we have had a famous country bookie reading us lullaby speeches that mention big words like accountability. It would seem that both the denotative and connotative meanings of this particular word has continuously and strangely escaped this, our annual Oscar nominee.
    Now here is a grand, and huge opportunity for this consummate actor to exercise some knowledge, grey matter, brain power and judgement. Will this actor rise up to the occasion?
    Show us that you understand what is the meaning of the word accountability. Please don't run away to the airport. Fidel Castro, your idol and mentor is of no help here. Maduro? Nah! You are bringing in a mirror image of your failures to join you? Not smart. Mugabe? You behave like him. Are you two by any chance related? His and this economy are going in the same direction.
    A-A. But we can tell you one thing though. If neither, or both the minister in charge or the Director goes, when our turn comes, all of SLP from the very top to bottom, to the wilderness, goes!
    Continue to do your damnest. It is your distinguishing pattern now. But it is curtains for your SLP better days.

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  2. How ironic..Mary Mary wants someone to resign.when her a-- was in the grinder she made it seem like calling for ones resignation was so outlandish.. So absurd...now she's tryn to milk the death of this child for cheap political milage...we are entering an era of enlightenment in this country..do u think st.Lucian's are the gullible fools of yesteryear..people are starting to see the Mary's of this country for who they are...a child is dead for god sakes..have some diginity,respect,empathy..we need to get to the root of the problem yes because this should not happen again , Mary knows full well that it is logistically impossible to communicate everything to the head of an organisation...that why there are trained personel in a heirachy at different levels..even if the head is ultimately resppnsible

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  3. Issaac is a disgrace to civil servants of this country. She turned her back on them when they most needed her (she betrayed them) in return for her thirty pieces of silver (a UWP wink to contest a seat using their name). She is a disgrace and shameless! If she so wanted to help people of this country she would have remained in the CSA and help workers in more practical ways than she could ever dream of doing on the path she has chosen. Her actions are a reflection of her big headedness and self-importance so much so that she is incapable of displaying that noble virtue of self discipline. Wasn't she the one who put the house in disrepute, disrespecting Her Excellency's government all because she could not exercise a little self control in the face of the particularly inviting smells coming from the canteen. Yes Isaac like it or not the elected reps have the legitimate reason to expect to have the privilege being first to the day's menu. You not infringing on that privilege means you carrying yourself in the acceptable deportment. It means you respect the decision of the electorate. DON'T GO ABOUT FOSTERING CHAOS WHEN IT SUITS YOU AND ASKING FOR GOOD ORDER WHEN YOU THINK IT WILL FURTHER YOUR POLITICAL AMBITION!

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    • Mary Isaac is not the problem here in fact i believe she only echo the same sentiments as many St Lucians i also think she stop short of mentioning the Director of VH who i believe should go as well.
      Lets be honest with our selves our people in authority in health, human services and lets not forget our justice system is the most incomptent in the western hemisphere and very soon all of this is just going to blow away with the wind and no one will be held accountable as always. I was most amused to see the so call Director of VH talking about facebook comments posted than the real issues that plague Our health systems ?and we can go on and on these people are nothing but a colossal waste of time and vital resources so please cut the bs Mary Isaac could not be moor right???.

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  4. This department has a set of lame ducks and the lame ducks at the top push those at the bottom for the promotions the ones doing all the work is sidelined and they are the one out there doing some work.
    The job is a field job but now it has turned into an office job with 4'' heels. Please get out there and do what you I hope was trained for. It cost money for the persons to come to town all the time to report. If they come the first time you as the officer should follow up in the community. Even in the schools some say that they only only work in the school up to 3:30 pm or so they will not even followup to see where the child lives so as to help them to a better life or home. The minister need to get transport for those officers because travelling pay they use that for their own use making money they need a driver and a landrover. GET UP AND WORK FOR THE BIG MONEY YOU GET. Alvie you too

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  5. Ms. Issac is correct beyond a reasonable doubt. Too often we give excuses for our incompetence. The most notable ones are: we don't have resources; oh, there is nothing we can do. A litany of excuses never gets anything done. We have a mindset that is beyond comprehension. If we must get positive results we must have a will to act and a determination to be accountable and responsible.

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  6. Don't know much about resignation or firing anyone but we DO NEED TO GET PRO-ACTIVE people in these positions and not photo "oppers" or "bullshitters". I am so freeking tired of seeing this Director in the media WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS speaking of what should be done. I believe her department is there to handle situations BEFORE they escalate. We don't need book smart workers. We need WORKERS. I personally know of a case where a girl of 12years could not take anymore of the verbal and physical abuse at the hands of her mother and step father. This girl took it upon herself to go to the Social Services Department to make her own report. Do you know that the officer who should have handled her case called the stepfather and reported the child! She got his story! Her mother's story! She never got her arse up from her swivel chair to investigate or come ask the neighbours about the case. This child was sent back to that same house. She eventually fought with her mother and ran away. Now the saddest thing is this: this girl quit school, started prostituting herself even online; smokes mucho marijuana and now 15 has a child living in not cordial circumstances. This mother's history of her childrens care is very questionable yet this girl was not believed by Human Services. Purge this Ministry. It's time!!!! Heads need to roll starting from the top.

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    • Heads should roll from the Prime Minister down! How the hell people are dying and nobody is responsible in this country bookie administration. It is not like in the days of slavery when lives did not matter!

      Clean up this entire SLP commess! Put the entire lot out to pasture. Put people with some sensitivity regarding human life and some caring in positions of power next time. Not all those strutting pimps in this nonchalant happy-go-lucky pimping party. Nowadays, we are having just too many freaking never-ending better days.

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  7. mary am sick of you!! looking like you more need to resign is ALVINAand MISS LEWIS the social worker on the case dec dec no wonder you child is at special ed school gor gor

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  8. Here we go again? Do you want that post vacant for you to apply? Politics again tell me why should the minister reseign
    I thought you were out in space .

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    • yes she needs to reseign, because she do not know nothing about human services, nothing about health, infact she needs to get the hell out of their, just sitting and beating her little a--s--s and get pay and nothing behine that.

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      • honestly this is the most incompetent minster of health i have ever come across in st.lucia.i work in the ministry and to me i even forget if we have a minister or not.she is not active enough.there are so many problems plaguing the health sector in the country and her voice is not heard loud enough.she either need to start pushing her limits to do more for the health department in our country or ask for another position she would be better able to act in.it has nothing to do with politics.its just like the other one that is in charge of justice in st.lucia,but i will leave this for another show.these people just deh living large on tax payers money living in their big mansions and dont really give a dam about the poor people who are mostly affected by these issues.it is high time we need to open our eyes and start our own revolution for change.its only when death occurs and it hits the media and they are under pressure by the public you see them coming and make some hypocritical statement on t.v.like i said it has nothing to do with politics but i agree with mary on this.there is no way this situation should have reached that far for the child to lose his innocent life after the matter had been reported to the authorities.

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      • I totally agree with you , Useless people in politics, Giving those sugarcoated speaches "There is hope " CRAPPP Politicians

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        • Only country bookie idiots can ever believe that they can exist alone on the unending loads of boring shoot shate from our pure country bookie politicians' hope.

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  9. Being brought up in St Lucia in the 21st century is no different from being brought up in the 20rh Century, over 60 year ago when Gracie was brought up child cruelty was visibly, invisible. The only difference, 21st century family life, rather DYSFUNCTIONAL family life OCCASIONALLY comes under the floodlight of the press and social media.

    In 20th Century St Lucia, no one batted an eye when an eight year, Gracie ran along the road, dodging a belt wheedling, adult uncle. He outrun her, caught her, and for maximum impact, used the buckle end of his large leather belt and covered her body with unsightly welts. The injuries was bathed with salted water and seasoned with garlic to prevent them from festering!
    No one intervened when Gracie was thrashed mercilessly by the mother (in the yard, in full view of passers-by) because Gracie revealed to her mother that her uncle was sexually abusing her. The beating was to teach Gracie a lesson in order to protect her brother (the kind of beating which went viral recently; a mother beating her teenage daughter for missing her curfew. The one that got people talking some even celebrating)!

    No one gave a thought to Gracie when she came to school reeking of pee, too traumatize to speak. Instead she was sent home for further beatings. This happened in full view of her community.

    And to put the boot in, whilst doing an errand for her mother in Castries Central Bakery, waiting for a batch of bread to bake, Gracie, the only child among adults, a man who previously had been in court listening to the sentencing of a rapist, demonstrated on Gracie how he would deal with any girl child who dared to testify against him! He menacingly came up to her face and suddenly, acted out a powerful fist blow within inches of her temple! He did not hit her, but it was as lethal as an actual blow. No one reprimanded that man! No one said this is someone’s child. No one said that is out of order! Waiting with these adults, Gracie was privy to the gory details of what happens to rapists - they are hung! The child thought she was a very, very, bad person and did not want to be responsible for her uncle to be caught and to be hung, if the truth came out. So Gracie sealed the toxins of sexual abuse in her mind to protect herself, her family including her ABUSER. It is not strange that Gracie reasoned that her tongue had power to bring calamity to the family even to have her killed and the silencing of her tongue kept everyone safe!

    Salvation came when a teacher spotted Gracie during school hours; milling around adults, waiting for bread to bake. The teacher ensured that Gracie’s mother in future sent her to school. Even, if Gracie was not safe at home, one place she felt safe, was the school environment even though she was caned for lateness some days. But it was the only place that did not have conflicting rules or morals and she understood them. Many people reflecting on their childhood would say that beatings made them a better person. Gracie would say only her faith and hope in humanity that pulled her many times away from the edge of precipices; not beatings! So, when little Millan was horrifically murdered, she would say, child cruelty is worse now or at least, NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

    21st Century St Lucian children do not need crocodile tears or platitude. They need EVERYONE to play their part in creating safe, nurturing, compassionate homes, and communities for all children.

    Whether we want to hear it or not, the Human Services Minister, Alvina Reynolds made a valid point, “Corporal punishment is embedded in our culture and so for many of us it is not abuse”. As long as society accepts the use of corporal punishment as a means to discipline children; unmasking cruelty and abuse is made very difficult for the authorities and the community to detect. How could anyone behind closed doors tell the difference in a child’s cry whether caused by slaps to the body or blows to the head with a blunt instrument? By all means fortify the institutions which protect children, increase Social Services manpower and legislation, get rid of dead wood but to leave CHILDREN’S RIGHTS out of the equation – NOTHING WILL CHANGE!

    Corporal punishment of children has no place in 21st Century St Lucia. The solution is in St Lucia’s hands!!!!!

    From Gracie who has a moral investment in St Lucia and its children.

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  10. Who are you to ask for any body resignation? Why you did not resign when you were asked to do so as csa president,? You held the union hostage. You better shut the hell up because that's not your role.

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  11. I agree with Mary Isaac. Alvina Reynolds who is the Human Services Minister is only making promises and no action her favorite words " As we speak '(This is being done) I remember she promised to put mechanism in place that when a mentally challenged person need help the police will not be the first respondent. Has anything been done about that? NO, who is the first respondent. all she does is talk on every T.V. Channel and flip her hair. The Human Service Department should be more Serious. I think they should have followed up on the first report If it was such that the child was referred to a Doctor it meant is was serious enough so they should have monitored the situation after that first report but they left it there waiting for another report, but look it is too late.

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  12. I cant turn on my tv or radio or go on to social media without hearing politics. All politicians are either a head or a tail surprisingly from the same coin... useless people

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  13. AGREED..SO WHAT WE'RE HOPING TO HAPPEN IS A GOOD SHAKE UP IN THE CIVIL
    SERVICE SECTOR. IF i WERE TO WAIT FOR ANY SHAKE UP IN THIS PRESENT STATE OF
    AFFAIRS, THEN I SHOULD WAIT TILL HELL FREEZES OVER. IT IS NOT ONLY ST. LUCIA
    IT IS AN ISLAND THING-----LAZYITIS .

    IN A PRIVATE COMPANY, WHEN IT IS KNOWN SOMEONE IS SLACKING OFF. YOU ARE
    RISKING BEING FIRED. NOT SO IN THE CIVIL SERVICE OR WORKING FOR A MINISTER.
    NO BETTER DAYS THAN WHAT GIVES RIGHT NOW, THE LIVING IS EASY, WHY NOT.

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  14. Immediate resignation. This is what happens in mature democracies, but not in the phony ones in Caracas, North Korea and Cuba. But our legions of SLP en rougenistas, in true Castro's Cuban rent-a-crowd fashion, would defend our country bookies and their approach to government without batting an eyelid. It suits their purposes. We will have the usual jackass yard fowls defending, in the press, on the radio, and in their columns, each and every country bookie government action. But we know that even for those bookies that manage to leave out country, it is still tremendously difficult to get the country out of those bookies.

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  15. and how exactly will their resignation solve the issue. You mean they both received the report and deliberately did nothing. politicians need to stop tainting our minds about how things operate. A principal of a school does not necessarily know all that happens within his district when there are principals to deal with the particular school. Did Isaac know everything that happened at CSA

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  16. but we the people stopping acting like the americans and be more like the old days, I bet you that eh happening again.. but we can only talk in the background,, no one wants to lead but leach... sorry to hear that, but the neighbours , the father are all equally responsible.

    stop coporal punishment and take on sargeant punishment

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  17. I AGREE 100%. FIRE THEM. EVERY DEPARTMENT IS UNDERSTAFFED BUT THEY EMPLOYING CONSULTANTS AND OTHERS TO SUPERVISE SIMPLE INFRASTRUCTURE WORKS WHILE THE MINISTRY'S STAFF SEATING IN THEIR OFFICE. SO MUCH EFFORT TO GET MONEY TO EMPLOY THEIR PARTY HACKS. SOME HAVE 2 JOBS, OTHERS RETIRE AND GET BACK EMPLOYED BUT THE DPP OFFICE UNDERSTAFFED AND SO IS HUMAN SERVICES AND U HAVE THE BLIND MOUSE ALVINA LEADING THAT MINISTRY.

    SMFH. HOW CAN KENNY PUT ALVINA TO RUN THE HEALTH MINISTRY AND HE AS A LAWYER HEADING THE ECONOMICS OF THIS COUNTRY. EVER WONDER Y THERE IS ALWAYS A FINANCIAL CONSTRAINT. IDIOTS, IDIOTS, IDIOTS. FIRE THEM.

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    • Are you an idiot? Or are you blinded by your affiliation? Is this the first time a lawyer has been a finance minister? Is this the first time a non-doctor has been a minister of health? My goodness! Check out any previous administration and you will get your answer!

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  18. After all what the families are going through I find it rather unfair for yall to take the advantage and add yall politricks to this situation. Take a back seat Issac and hold your comments to yourself. People are hurting...Gosh....all some of us care about is how next we can get into power to make more money. chpz....and yes I am a up supporter. vhpz

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  19. Elizabeth lewis displayed no tact and a lack of due diligence as well as lack of respect for the public. Her response was not only passive aggressive and condescending it was CRASS. How dare you assume that no fingers should be pointed when a child has died? She needs to be dismissed as a child died due to their failure to protect which is their duty. Of paramount importance is also the fact that she dared say only one report was made; as if to suggest that one was not sufficient! further if there is suspected abuse and an incompetent doctor has found no harm, due diligence would be to impose pop up visits by social workers to ensure the childs safety. woman you failed considerably, I care not for your insensitive statements, your entire department needs an overhaul. Fire her!

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  20. I concur with Mary Issac when it comes to the last paragraph. Eg. the death of the little boy in Bexon. Knowing that so many accidents has happened on the Bexon Highway, after such death, spead bumps were placed. The Human Services Department needs to do more when it comes to child abuse, they should not sleep on such situations/incidents.

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