by Nick Delgado
Guam - The Director of the Department of Mental Health is stepping down from his position for serious health reasons. Wilfred Aflague sent his resignation letter to Governor Eddie Calvo on October 1 stating that he has considered this action long and hard and decided that the stressful environment of mental health is weighing heavily on his physical health. He wrote that his physician noted dangerously alarming high readings for his blood pressure and hyper tension that may be life threatening. Aflague states his resignation will be effective close of business day on October 13. Adelup officials have not yet confirmed if deputy director Rey Vega will serve as the interim director at this time.
Federal management team Dr. James Kiffer responds, "The FMT is saddened Mr Aflague will be stepping aside due to health reasons. He has been an asset to the Department and has shared the FMT's goals of improved services to the DMH consumers. His cooperation has assisted the Government in meeting the conditions set out in the Injunction and closing out of the receivership. He should be commended. We wish him the best. We look forward to developing a sound, working relationship with the interim director. The goals remain unchanged."