Alvina Reynolds chides the media

Alvina Reynolds, the Minister of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, has accused the local media of not highlighting the achievements of her ministry and the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

“They will not put this in the news because it is not sensational enough.” Reynolds asserted.

Addressing a ruling party event last night in observance of International Women’s day, she spoke of a number of successes of the current government.

Alvina Reynolds spoke of work with councils to deal with chikungunya, dengue and now, Zika virus.

She also spoke of the weight loss competition, the re-opening of the home for battered women, the Helpline 203, extended hours at the Gros Islet polyclinic and the return of social programmes for persons living with HIV.

“Other issues and initiatives that we speak on to deal with critical issues you don’t hear them discuss this. You don’t hear them report this. Maybe there is not enough ro-ro in this for them,” the Babonneau MP said.

She asserted that much of what she was saying would be reduced to one or two soundbites.

“The various media houses will be the ones to determine if the intent of my message is true. They will cast in whatever way they want or choose as they see fit, but either way my conscience is clear,” she told her audience.

Reynolds said she was sorry if she did not have time every day to listen to and call every talk show on demand, adding that during those times she is doing what she was elected to do.

“I was elected to work,” the Minister declared.