‘Serious Mismanagement at Ministry of Health’, Sen. Coleman Informs Senate Plenary

Posted On Jan 14 2020 by

first_img“There is serious administrative mismanagement at the Ministry of Health that has been highlighted for a very long time. I am talking to you with authority, and as an insider of the health sector of this country,” the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Senator (Dr.) Peter Coleman informed the Senate plenary.The Grand Kru County Senator, speaking Tuesday during the 73rd sitting of the Senate, warned his colleagues that as long as they continue to pay lip service to the country’s health system, ineffective people will remain at the helm of administration of health. “And as long as the Executive branch of government wants to make a mockery of this Liberian Senate, even after this outbreak of Ebola, there will be outbreak of measles and other things,” Sen. Coleman warned.Expressing outrage and disappointment, Dr. Coleman disclosed that currently, the immunization of Liberian children has dropped from 80% to less than 50%; and that the maternal mortality rate that was one of the worst in the world is now even more deplorable.  According to him, women are dying in childbirth due to the perpetual closure of health institutions in the country.“The reason why I decided to take this stance is to express my frustration, disgust and anger at the way in which the Executive branch of this government is managing the health system.”The Senator, who represents the Senate on the National Ebola Task Force, promised not to be distracted by people he described as ‘lunatic and fanatic loyalists’ who at all cost will defend the Executive to the detriment of the Liberian people.“I will continue to state that as long as this situation prevails, and we cannot call the Minister of Health to book on issues regarding the health sector, our country will continue to be classified as one of the worst places on earth to live.”As chairman of the Committee on Health, but also representing the people of Grand Kru County, Senator Coleman said recent actions and statements by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf clearly show an attempt by the Executive Branch of Government to make sure that the Liberian Senate loses its respect.“It is an attempt to make a mockery of this august body, and for us on the Committee on Health, these things have made us powerless; we are unable to carry on our activities. Just as we thought and were trying to deal with the issue of the two dismissed leaders of the health workers, a group of health workers last week appeared on the grounds of this Legislature stating that about 100 of them are being laid off by the John F. Kennedy Medical Center.These are some of the facts, the problems that exist in the Liberian health system that people have been talking about for a very long time—the lack of leadership,” declared Sen. Coleman.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Linguist, Diplomat, Painter Milly Buchanan Dies

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first_imgThe death is announced of Mrs. Mildred (Milly) Marie Buchanan, a noted Liberian diplomat, linguist and painter, which sad event occurred on April 6, 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia.She was in her 75th year.A prolific painter, Milly’s artistry began in Vevey, Switzerland, where her talent was first noticed at the age of 10, by a prominent Swiss artist, Guy Baer. In the late 70s, Milly developed her personal style of Afro-Cubism—her shattered-glass art expression of the sociopolitical turmoil in Liberia and Africa.Truly a renaissance woman Milly was beautiful, tall and elegant.  She was also an architect, a conference interpreter and translator, who spoke and wrote in five languages—English, French, German, Italian and SpanishShe was also a former model.  One of her outstanding appearances was in the September 1971 issue of   Ebony Magazine.  She was also a fashion fair poster-model for Essence Magazine.Milly’s extensive life spanned the African continent and she developed personal and professional relationships with Africans from all walks of life, including the late President Sekou Toure of Guinea, Zambian Foreign Minister Vernon John Mwaanga and South African recording artists Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba. Milly was also a friend to market women, students, farmers and fisherman. During her time in Suakoko she befriended many members of the faculty and student body of Cuttington College and Divinity School (now Cuttington University).  In 1963 she assisted in staging one of Cuttington’s annual operatic performances, The Mikado.Her broad and rich network of friends and colleagues gave her a unique perspective from which to artistically represent the essence of the African struggle and spirit of resilience and hope.Milly was on the Liberian delegation to the first Pan-African FESTAC festival of Arts and Culture FESTAC ’77, held in Lagos, Nigeria.   She worked for several years with the nascent ECOWAS Fund in Lome, Togo; with the UN Office in Nairobi, and as a freelance interpreter for the UN Economic Commission for Africa and for the African Union.Milly Buchanan’s service to the Government of Liberia began under the administration of President William V.S. Tubman, during which she did the landscape designs for the Capitol Building and the University of Liberia.  She also served in the Tolbert and Doe administrations as part of the interpretation team in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.During the war years, Milly Buchanan continued to serve in the Foreign Ministry as diplomatic liaison for international organizations and in various capacities, attending and advising the government on international relations through her participation in hundreds of conferences, meetings, and other missions.Milly was also a founding member of the Union of Liberian Artists, an organization that creates a forum for the exchange of personal experiences in various refugee camps, motivates young self-taught artists to develop their skills, hosts art exhibits and promotes their works.Mildred (Milly) Buchanan was born on April 12, 1940 to the union of Mr. Thomas Buchanan, Deputy Minister of Public Works, R.L., and his wife Mrs. Sara King Buchanan, niece of former President Charles D.B. King.Milly schooled in Switzerland, where she acquired and learned to speak and write, in addition to English, four other European languages.  In the late 1950s upon her return home, she was wedded to Mr. Julius E. Cooper, a prominent Liberia agronomist, who served as Deputy Director of Research at that Government Farm in Suakoko, Bong County (now the Central Agricultural Research Institute (CARI).  Julius later became Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Minister of Action, Development and Progress (ADP).   Milly’s son, Julius Everett Cooper, Jr., eldest sister, Mary Jane Buchanan Vaitsas, and elder brother, Harold Buchanan, pre-deceased her.Milly’s memory will be cherished by her four children: Mrs. Jeanine Milly Cooper (Johan Heffinck), Mrs. Erika Eugenia Cooper Hill (Frederick Hill), Vernon John Mwaanga (Phyllis Vlahakis), and Sara Elizabeth Buchanan; and her 20  grandchildren: Fabio, Brice, Ariane, Elyan, Chasya, Christa, Zubin, Ilse, Ann, Daniella, Stavros, Julius, Whitney, Baggio, Milly, Gifty, Thomas, Anne Marie and  Xenia; two great-grandchildren: Zion and Patricia; three sisters: Enid Buchanan, Joyce Buchanan, and Shadrene Howard.Survivors also include her uncle Roosevelt King; her niece  Sahe Williams and nephews Eric Buchanan, Harold Buchanan; her cousins: Gloria Sherman, James T. McCritty, Emeretta Vincent, Remi Aniteye, E. George King, Roosevelt King, Isabelle Paul, Virginie Viltardif Campailla, Ilse Zahn Cooper;  foster brother Hans Buchanan, foster sister Janet Dean Richards; and a host of other relatives and friends.Family sources said her body was cremated in Zambia.  Memorial services are being planned for Monrovia and the United States. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


United States extends fetal tissue contract and revives one experiment

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Country The U.S. government’s leading medical research agency is quietly extending and reviving research that relies on human fetal tissue, even as President Donald Trump’s administration ponders the future of the controversial work in a far-reaching review.Early this month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, told researchers it intends to extend a key agency contract that funds work using human fetal tissue to develop mice used to test drugs against HIV. Without NIH action, the $2 million annual contract between its National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and scientists at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), will expire on 5 March.Normally, the contract, which has been in place for years, is renewed each December. But in December 2018, NIH extended it for just 90 days. Officials said the shorter renewal was a response to an ongoing review of federally funded fetal tissue research by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and that no final decision on the contract’s fate would be made until that review was complete. The newest extension would keep the contract alive for an additional 90 days, through 5 June, according to a 7 February letter from NIH to UCSF obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. Scientists at the federal Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana, ​have restarted an HIV study that was interrupted by an order to stop acquiring human fetal tissue. “We are working with NIH to extend the contract. We remain confident that the critically important work of the lab will be continued,” UCSF said in a statement.NIH has also revived an HIV experiment that was derailed last fall, days after the Trump administration launched a review of all U.S. government–funded research that uses fetal tissue donated by women after elective abortions. The study was being conducted at NIAID’s Rocky Mountain Laboratories (RML) in Hamilton, Montana, where scientists receive fetal tissue that they use to create mice with humanlike immune systems. Lab dish studies had led them to believe that an antibody might prevent HIV from establishing reservoirs in the human body. They were preparing to use the humanized mice in a trial testing the antibody when they received an order from HHS directing them to stop acquiring fetal tissue from Advanced Bioscience Resources, a company in Alameda, California. (Days earlier, HHS had canceled a Food and Drug Administration contract with the company.)The HHS order “effectively stops all of our research to discover a cure for HIV,” Kim Hasenkrug, lead scientist at RML, wrote at the time to a collaborator, Warner Greene of the Gladstone Center for HIV Cure Research in San Francisco.Alerted to the experiment’s derailing, Lawrence Tabak, deputy director of NIH, said in December 2018 that the stoppage had resulted from a miscommunication. “We’re now figuring out ways to address that,” Tabak said at that time.Since then, NIH has found another fetal tissue supplier for the scientists at RML. This allowed the antibody experiment to launch last month, Greene told ScienceInsider yesterday, with 18 mice receiving the antibody and 18 control mice not receiving it. Another cohort of 22 treated mice and 22 controls was launched in early February, and the RML investigators expect in March or April to receive additional mice that will allow more cohorts to be tested, Greene said.“Our studies are back on track, thanks to the efforts of the NIH,” says Greene, whose lab did early experiments that revealed the antibody’s potential role, and then provided the antibody for the studies. “I just want to emphasize how gratifying it has been to work positively with the NIH on this to solve this problem.” Greene declined to say what supplier is providing fetal tissue for the experiments.Renate Myles, an NIH spokesperson, wrote in an email today: “The HHS audit is in no way intended to impede research. The delay in Hasenkrug’s research was unintentional and the issue was remediated once we were made of aware of the need for new [fetal tissue] procurement.”But research advocates praised the NIH for acting. “It’s very important that NIH is finding ways to continue this critical research. The development of these fetal tissue mice currently is the state of the art” in key areas of HIV research, says Sally Temple, scientific director of the Neural Stem Cell Institute in Rensselaer, New York, and a former president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research.NIH estimates it will spend $95 million on projects involving human fetal tissue this year, down from an estimated $103 million in 2018.The Susan B. Anthony List, an antiabortion organization, declined to comment. (In September 2018, the group spearheaded a letter from 45 groups to HHS Secretary Alex Azar that complained about U.S. funding for research that uses fetal tissue, helping catalyze the HHS review.) David Prentice, vice president and research director at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Arlington, Virginia, the research branch of the Susan B. Anthony List, said he was unavailable for comment.Brett Giroir, the physician-scientist who is assistant secretary for health, is leading the broad review of U.S.-funded fetal tissue research that was launched in September 2018. Spokespeople at HHS did not respond to questions about the UCSF contract renewal and the status of the 5-month-old review, including when it might wrap up.Update, 25 February, 2:41 p.m.: After deadline, an HHS spokesperson responded by email to ScienceInsider’s questions about the review’s status, writing: “We will provide an update on the review once it has concluded and as appropriate.”  The email also stated that NIH responded for the department on questions about the UCSF contract renewal.center_img Email Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) By Meredith WadmanFeb. 22, 2019 , 1:25 PM United States extends fetal tissue contract and revives one experimentlast_img read more