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Questioning the Pender County Board of Health


Pender County, NC (WWAY)- Pender County Health Department employees say administrators ignored notices that some employees were using drugs, violating confidentiality and not properly training workers. After hearing the complaints, commissioners asked for an investigation. But now there are some questions about the board appointed to monitor the health department and Dr. Jack Griffith.

Doctor Naseem Nasrallah is a physician on the Board of Health. But Dr. Nasrallah is also the Medical Director at the Health Department and makes 4 to 5-thousand dollars per month.

Pender County commissioners appoint people to the Board of Health. We caught up with Commissioner George Brown who was on his way out of town, but gave us this statement:
"It would appear to me that in Dr. Nasrallah's case there is a clear conflict of interest. I don't know if he was the Medical Director when he was appointed, to the Board of Health, but if that were the case, I would not have appointed him."

We also contacted the Board of Health about Dr. Nasrallah. Chairwoman Roberta Bost said, "Doctor Nasrallah's main job is not within the Health Department. We do not feel there is a conflict of interest at all."

But Dr. Nasrallah is not alone. Judy blanchard is also on the Board of Health. She is the wife of County Commissioner Norwood Blanchard, who has openly supported Doctor Griffith throughout the investigation.

According to the Pender County manager's office, commissioners set a policy limiting a person's time on the board to a maximum of ten years. But both Judy Blanchard and chair Roberta Bost have served for more than 10 years.

However, according to the Health Department that is acceptable if there is no one else to fill the position. We will be following up to see what type of search was conducted to bring new members to the board.

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Shirley Steele

Name the drug users already..... NO... That is because you made it all up..... You have been a trouble maker from the start...!!!!!!!

Way to go Joe!!

love the Dateline-style exposes! All we need now is one of those Dateline-style stings to catch them in the act!! Send in some applicants with a hidden camera :-).

A Couple of Points

1. Commissioner Tate should step down from the Board of Health.

2. The County should post, in the Voice, Post, and Chronicle a call for volunteers to serve on the Board of Health. That should allow them to replace those who have served over 10 years and find a replacement for Mr. Tate.

3. The County Commissioners need to ramp up and expedite the called for examination of the Health Department. And as stated earlier, the SBI should be called in given the allegations of drug use.

4. Have the DA on standby for immediate prosecution.