WE-CARE Foundation, a local non- for- profit education NGO on Saturday, December 28, 2013 held its annual teachers award ceremony with a beach party under the theme “Celebrating Teachers.” The program was held at the Barnes Beach in Thinker’s Village on the Robertsfield Highway. It was attended by teachers of WE-CARE’s Reading Liberia focused schools and their families, members of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW), illustrators, youth groups, and students of the University of Liberia and high schools.Speaking at the program was the Board Chair of WE-CARE Amb. M. Kronyan W eefur who said “Today you have been rewarded for your hard work in the classroom. Lots of eyes will be watching you to see your next step as we enter 2014. Whether you will retain this particular award or get another one in 2014, depends solely on you.” He called on other teachers to do their best by emulating their colleagues.The Executive Director, T. Michael Weah gave a brief overview of WE-CARE Foundation activities. He said WE-CARE was founded in 1992 as an education NGO and presently works in the area of training teachers, writers, illustrators, establishing libraries, and publishing culturally relevant children books. Mr. Weah said Reading Liberia is a program under WE-CARE, supported bye CODE, the Canadian Organization for Development through Education and is presently in 66 public schools. The Foundation operates the WE-CARE Library, on Carey & Gurley Streets, with all services free including the internet.Individuals and institutions awarded at the program are: Miss Susan P. Nagbe of C.W. Brumskine School on Front Street in Monrovia as Teacher of the Year; Miss Beatrice Berrien of Samukai Town Public School, Samukai Town, Caldwell for Most Decorated classroom and Mr. Elijah Turpah of VOA Public School, Careysburg, as Teacher Monitor of the Year. Others are Mr. Amos W. Quaye of Marie Washington School, Gardnerville as Principal of the Year and Monrovia Demonstration School on Clay Street received the Most Used Library of the Year Award. The Most Outstanding Reading Liberia Club of the year award was received by MR. Abraham Queegbo of C.W. Brumskie School on Front School while Miss Siatta T. Gateweh of WE-CARE Foundation took home Reading Liberia Trainer of the Year Award.Speaking on behalf of the honorees was Mr. Amos Quaye of Marie Washington School. He thanked WE-CARE for the award and said their journey to impacting quality education had just begun.WE-CARE teachers’ award program is an annual ceremony held on the last Saturday of every year to celebrate Liberian teachers that are sacrificing for a literate and educated Liberia by using the methodologies and strategies of critical thinking in the classroom. The award ceremony ends with a beach party where teachers and their families and colleagues share together the joy of being one and wishing All the Best for the coming school year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
In what presents a deplorable state of affairs at country’s premier medical institute, AIIMS, a parliamentary panel has highlighted gross financial irregularities and rampant corruption in recruitment of medical staff at the hospital in recent years. While holding the central government responsible for the mess, the panel has recommended restoring the post of Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) that has been lying vacant since the transfer of Sanjeev Chaturvedi.Non-serious approach The committee has strongly deprecated the non-serious approach of the Union health ministry in tackling a large number of corruption cases at the AIIMS since 2011. It said the Centre was non-serious in its approach towards tackling corruption. The department-related Parliamentary Committee on Health and Family Welfare has also asked the ministry to play a proactive role in ensuring expeditious investigation into all corruption cases at AIIMS, New Delhi and produce an up-to-date status note within three months.”The committee is perturbed to note that despite unravelling of corruption cases at AIIMS at regular intervals, the ministry has done away with the regular Chief Vigilance Officer’s post at AIIMS and the role of the anti-graft officer at AIIMS has been assigned to a joint secretary and CVO in the health ministry. Evidently, the ministry appears to be non-serious in tackling corruption at AIIMS,” the committee noted.”The committee therefore strongly deprecates the non-serious approach of the ministry towards tackling such a large number of cases of corruption at AIIMS and recommends that the ministry should quickly move towards appointing a regular CVO of unblemished credentials at AIIMS,” the committee, chaired by Satish Chandra Misra, said.advertisementIt pointed out gross irregularities involving senior officials and doctors at the AIIMS. These include financial irregularities, disproportionate asset cases, financial irregularities in purchase of medicines, tampering with selection list of technicians and appointment of officials under sports quota among others. It also said that the CVO is the only instrument available with the ministry to monitor statutory compliance of various prescribed procedures and norms.Whistleblower Indian Forest Officer Chaturvedi came in the spotlight after being removed from the post of the CVO last year for allegedly exposing corruption at the prestigious institute. He was recently named as one of the winners of Ramon Magsaysay Award for 2015. “The committee also recommends the ministry to play a proactive role in ensuring expeditious investigation into all the corruption cases at AIIMS and furnish within three months from the date of presentation of this report……an up-todate status note detailing therein various stages of cases of investigation, involving corrupt practices and embezzlement of funds and steps taken to check occurrence of such cases in the future,” the committee said.The panel observed that several officials of AIIMS were also under scanner for their alleged involvement in procurement of computers and peripherals, alleged financial irregularities in purchase of surgical gloves and medicines, construction of engineering works without approval of the statutory bodies, alleged tampering with selection list of operation theatre assistants, massive irregular payment to contractors, irregularities in awarding work for development of ward and allied spaces for department of pulmonary medicine and others.
Alaska Regional Hospital is planning to open a healthcare clinic in Mountain View by the end of year. There aren’t any primary care services in the Anchorage neighborhood currently. That’s forcing residents to use Alaska Regional’s emergency room for routine care, according to Medicaid data from the state Department of Health and Social Services. That is costing the hospital in uncompensated care and it’s costing the state in unnecessary Medicaid payments.When Julie Taylor became CEO of Alaska Regional a year ago, the board was already talking about opening a Mountain View clinic. Taylor says it was immediately obvious to her that there was a need.“If we’re looking at how we’re going to be using healthcare dollars effectively, finding ways to reach populations to treat them closer to home at the right level of care is a better use of those funds.”Neighborhood residents have been asking for better access to primary care for years. In 2002, the Anchorage Community Land Trust hosted a summit where the need for local health services was a clear priority.Kirk Rose is executive director of the land trust. He says Alaska Regional has responded in a big way and residents are thrilled:“We’ve been very tough and staunch about fighting for a health presence in the neighborhood so we’re hoping this is a really nice win in that it enhances the quality of life for the people that live here.”Taylor says the clinic will be large enough to offer about 3000 patient visits a year.Alaska Regional is expanding in other ways. The hospital is planning to open two new freestanding emergency rooms, one in South Anchorage and one in Eagle River.This story is part of a reporting partnership between APRN, NPR and Kaiser Health News.