The government of Saint Lucia says it has not terminated or discontinued the program for the Assessment of Special Needs Children.
The government’s Senior Communications Officer, Nicole Mc Donald, disclosed that a statement Wednesday from Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia indicating that the programme had been scrapped was ‘irresponsible.’
Mc Donald said the government is disappointed by the statement.
“As responsible members of society, we all need to be more concerned about the type of information we spread in our narrow pursuits, because this type of false information has implications for the Ministry of Health, parents of special needs children and how we are perceived regionally and internationally,” the Senior Communications Officer declared.
“Right now, the erroneous and fake information that Ms. Sealys and her group have released is making the rounds on the news and social media,” Mc Donald noted.
She asserted that if Sealys and Raise Your Voice have questions about the programme, they could have clarified the matter by simply making contact with Ministry of Health officials.
“This is woefully irresponsible and it shows that we are continuing to play politics with issues we should all care about as Saint Lucians,” Mc Donald stated.
While reiterating that the programme is not being discontinued or terminated, she observed that it is being expanded in terms of the services it provides.
“This is a Ministry of Health programme and its continuation does not depend solely on one individual,” she stated.
Mc Donald said the ministry is currently working on a new consultant in specialist child clinics.
“The government remains committed to child development programmes such as these and as we review such programmes, we will continue to make changes that strengthen our health system and respond to the needs of the Saint Lucian people,” she explained.
In its statement to the media Wednesday, Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia said it’ understands that the program for the Assessment of Special Needs Children has been terminated and/or discontinued by the Ministry of Health & Wellness.’
The organisation called for the initiative to be reinstated ‘for the benefit of poor struggling mothers at the earliest.’