Dr. Tom Frieden Pays Courtesy Call on President Sirleaf

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has received a delegation of the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC), headed by its Director, Tom Frieden.During a meeting held at her Foreign Ministry office last Friday, President Sirleaf briefed the CDC delegation about the current state of the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease, expressing appreciation to Mr. Frieden for the role  the CDC has played in the fight.“The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been there with us at the time all hope seemed to have been lost. You stood as a true partner and helped turn the scourge around for the good of the country, the Mano River Union Basin and the global community,” President Sirleaf stressed.She told the delegation that the focus will now change from treatment to prevention and that the government is now keen on strengthening its regular healthcare system with strong infection control measures. She also encouraged the partners to work with the government in strengthening the regular healthcare system.“We have heard and do encourage the concept of establishing an African Center for Disease Control that puts the continent in charge when there are future outbreaks anywhere on the continent. A National Public Health Institute for Liberia as is being suggested is also a welcomed development,” she said.In response, Director Tom Frieden expressed joy at being back in Liberia, thanking President Sirleaf for her leadership in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus disease. “I was here around August and September and it seemed all was lost. Coming back, the difference is unimaginable,” he stressed.An Executive Mansion release quoted Dr. Frieden as saying the situation in Liberia was much better not just in terms of case management but robust response as well. He urged the Liberian government and partners to now find a way to ensure safe and dignified burial of Ebola victims so as to address the concerns of families who have lost and continue to lose love ones.He named effective laboratory system, proper surveillance, robust contact tracing, proper staffing and the intensification of quality infection control measures as urgent steps that must be undertaken to continue the advance against the further spread of the disease.The director of the Centers for Disease Control also thanked the Liberian President and her government for considering a regional leadership and dimension of the Ebola fight by announcing the deployment of Liberian responders to Sierra Leone where the situation is still not very good. “This action demonstrates your strong leadership role in the fight against Ebola”, Mr. Frieden said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

UC provost in probe steps down

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week UC spokesman Brad Hayward said officials would have no comment beyond the statement and a call to Greenwood’s office by The Associated Press on Friday was not returned. One of the hirings in question involves professor Lynda Goff, who was hired by Greenwood as a faculty associate and more recently as director of UC’s Science & Math Initiative, a program to train more math and science classroom teachers in California. University officials said they have learned that Greenwood and Goff had until recently jointly owned rental property, a disclosure UC said came in the wake of questions by the San Francisco Chronicle. Administrators said they weren’t questioning Goff’s credentials but said Greenwood may have been involved in the hiring decision “to a greater extent than was appropriate, given that her business investment with Dr. Goff had not been properly and fully resolved in accordance with conflict of interest requirements.” The second hiring involves Greenwood’s son, James Greenwood, as a paid senior intern at UC Merced. Officials again said they aren’t questioning James Greenwood’s performance. However, they are looking into whether Winston Doby, vice president for student affairs, improperly helped Greenwood get the job. Doby, who also did not return a call to the AP on Friday, has been placed on paid leave pending the investigation. Dynes said he accepted Greenwood’s resignation “with respect for the outstanding academic leadership she has provided to the university, both as chancellor of the Santa Cruz campus and, over the last two years, as provost. I wish her only the best in her academic pursuits.” Wyatt R. Hume, executive vice provost and vice president for academic and health affairs, has been appointed acting provost and acting vice president for student affairs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – The University of California’s highest-ranking academic officer stepped down Friday amid an investigation into the hirings of her erstwhile business partner and son. UC President Robert C. Dynes said he accepted Provost M.R.C. Greenwood’s resignation in the context of a UC investigation into possible improper hiring and conflict of interest concerns. “Let me stress there is no presumption of wrongdoing,” Dynes said in a statement, adding that Greenwood has cooperated with the investigation but indicated she wanted to resign as provost to “return to her academic pursuits in the university.” It was not clear whether Greenwood, who also holds a faculty position at UC Santa Cruz, planned to return to teaching. last_img read more