Hawaii health, public safety directors retiring

State Department of Health Director Bruce Anderson, PhD, and Department of Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda are retiring, Hawaii Gov. David Ige announced Aug. 31.

Mr. Ige has designated Libby Char, MD, an emergency situation medicine physician, to serve as interim state department of health director reliable Sept. 16. Regarding Mr. Nolans retirement, Hawaii Sen. Clarence Nishihara released this statement: “Like many across the state, I too have lost faith in DPS and its management groups capability to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our jail system. From the start, Director Espinda and the department were slow to implement proper security procedures, such as testing for inmates and staff. Severe problems such as absence of individual protective equipment and hazardous conditions for uninfected prisoners were never properly dealt with by Director Espinda.”.

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Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
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The retirements come as Dr. Anderson and Mr. Espinda have actually been criticized for their pandemic action, according to TV station KHON. Criticism against Dr. Anderson has reportedly been around the states COVID-19 screening and contact tracing efforts.

Concerning Mr. Nolans retirement, Hawaii Sen. Clarence Nishihara launched this declaration: “Like numerous throughout the state, I too have lost faith in DPS and its management teams capability to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our jail system. From the start, Director Espinda and the department were slow to execute appropriate safety protocols, such as testing for inmates and personnel. Serious issues such as absence of individual protective devices and risky conditions for uninfected prisoners were never ever appropriately attended to by Director Espinda.”.

Hawaii has experienced a boost in COVID-19 hospitalizations, triggering medical facilities on Aug. 25 to prompt nurses, including current nursing graduates, to step in to look after patients. On Aug. 31, the Hawaii health department reported seven additional deaths from COVID-19 and 133 brand-new cases..

Mr. Espinda will retire Oct. 1. Mr. Ige said Maria Cook, deputy director for administration, will take over while Mr. Espinda is on individual leave through September..

” Both directors have served very well under very difficult conditions, specifically considering that the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. I thank them for their several years of service to the individuals of Hawaii and want them well as they retire and are able to invest time with their families,” Mr. Ige said.

Dr. Anderson will retire Sept. 15. Mr. Ige has designated Libby Char, MD, an emergency situation medicine physician, to act as interim state department of health director efficient Sept. 16. The visit goes through Hawaii Senate verification.

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