Dr. Frank Glover, Ebola Expert, Appears on 89.1 WBCX Broadcasts Nov. 25 through Dec. 7
One of the world’s leading experts on the global Ebola crisis will be in Gainesville on Monday, Dec. 1, to speak at the Gainesville Rotary Club and for appearances on 89.1 WBCX-FM that will broadcast Dec. 2, 5 and 7.
Dr. Frank E. Glover, who has both medical education and training as a physician as well as an additional doctorate in public health/international health, recently testified before Congress and appeared on every major television news program commenting about the ravages of the disease.
The Rotary program, which starts at noon at First Baptist Church in Gainesville, is open to the public. If you’re not sponsored as a guest of the member of the club, however, there is a $15 charge for lunch and the program.
Glover will also appear with other experts in a more detailed discussion of the Ebola crisis and other public health issues on Brenau University’s radio station, 89.1 WBCX-FM.
The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine-educated Glover, who is a urologist with a thriving Southwest Georgia practice, has spent much time in Liberia working with other doctors and medical teams.
“Since many of our members are health care professionals, and since health care is one of the growth industries in Northeast Georgia, Dr. Glover’s perspective and comments are valuable as the world evaluates global hospital readiness and other issues regarding the outbreak,” said Lee Hemmer, the president of Gainesville Rotary. “Unlike many of the talking heads and pundits we encounter on radio and television these days, here is a man who walks the walk, and we’re honored to have him in our city.”
In August Dr. Glover testified in Washington before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Human Rights and International Organizations. Although he stated that Ebola was not yet a “significant danger” to the United States, that could change quickly unless the nation prepares better for future outbreaks of Ebola and other diseases. That means making preparations in U.S. hospitals for patients who may bring the disease into the country with them and responding more aggressively to crises like the one that exploded in West Africa this year.
“This Ebola outbreak in Liberia has exposed the country’s inherently weak health system,” Glover testified. “Less than 200 doctors existed in this country of four million people prior to this epidemic. After the outbreak in March of this year, that number plummeted to only 50 doctors. This occurred as the result of the exodus of 95 percent of the expatriate doctors.”
“Many patients are dying with Ebola in their communities, in part, because there are simply no open health facilities. This creates problems, because whole families are getting infected and dying. Given the episodic nature of Ebola, we must begin investing in healthcare systems, strengthening as we prepare to deal with future outbreaks.”
Glover comes to Gainesville at the invitation of long-time friend, Dr. Al Panu, senior vice president for university affairs at the University of North Georgia.
As a lead-up to the Dec. 1 Rotary appearance, the Brenau radio station will broadcast a preview interview with Dr. Glover at 12:05 p.m. daily through Friday, Nov. 28. WBCX chief Jay Andrews and Dr. David Miller, a Brenau health care management professor, conducted the interview.
Following the Rotary appearance, the station will air a more detailed discussion featuring Glover, Panu, Miller and Jessi Shrout, assistant professor of biology and health science coordinator at Brenau. That program will air Tuesday, Dec. 2, and Friday, Dec. 5, at 12:05 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. as a lead-in to the global news from the BBC.
Glover currently is and the director of The Urology Institute and Continence Center and The Urology Institute Ambulatory Surgery Center in Albany, Georgia. Earlier in his career, Glover completed a research fellowship at Johns Hopkins studying the epidemiology of prostate cancer in Jamaica, where he discovered the world’s highest rate of prostate cancer. In addition, Dr. Glover is a medical missionary who partners with SIM, a Christian Missions Organization with works in more than 60 countries. He serves as president of SHIELD in Africa, a US-based organization working in Liberia.
Listen to Dr. Glover’s interview here: