Health Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, says comments that the government may need to rethink the wholesale ban on sugary drinks in schools sends the wrong message.

Chairman of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, Professor Errol Morrison, on Wednesday urged the Health Ministry to go back to the drawing board on its ban on sugary drinks in schools.

Professor Morrison says some impoverished and rural children actually need sugary drinks for their brains. But Minister Tufton says the data supports the governments position.

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Dr. Tufton was speaking at the Jamaica Flour Mills scholarship awards ceremony at the Terra Nova Hotel in St. Andrew this afternoon.

The ban on sugary drinks in schools will be implemented by the government starting on January 1 next year.