Advocacy Group, Raise Your Voice has called on the government to provide the names of the doctor who will be providing services under the program for the Assessment of Special Needs Children.
The group made the call one day after the government denied its claims that the program was discontinued.
In a statement released today, Raise your Voice said: “We are happy to know the Government of Saint Lucia via the Ministry of Health & Wellness has deemed it important and necessary to continue with a program which provided professional pediatric assessment to children with special needs.”
“We encourage the Government of Saint Lucia to furnish the public, specifically parents with special needs children, the names and credentials of the new doctors who have been employed to replace the previous consultant, along with their schedule to provide services at the islands thirty-three (33) health centers, also the Dennery and Soufriere Hospitals respectively,” the statement went on to say.
Raise Your Voice, a breakaway faction of the ruling United Workers Party, said the information is urgently required so parents and guardians of special needs children can get assessment and reports for the upcoming school semester in a timely manner.
The government yesterday criticized Raise Your Voice as being irresponsible, after the group claimed that the program had been discontinued.
“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,” said Senior Communications Officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald.