ICRC raises concern over shortage in health facilities in Libya
Concerns have been raised, by health workers and aid organization, on shortage that has met Hospitals in areas of medical supplies and aid facilities in most regions in Libya. According to a press release from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the support received so far has not been able to meet the demands in Libyan health challenge.
“Hospitals in Libya are suffering from a shortage of medical supplies even as they see an increase in patients, leading the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to donate a new round of needed medicines and material to three facilities across the country,” the release stated.
In addressing the challenge, donations have been assisting so far. However, the donations have only been able to cater for a few. According to the release, Al Wahda hospital in Derna, Al Jalaa Trauma Hospital in Benghazi and the polyclinic in Ajeelat have all benefitted from a donation of supplies over the last two weeks.
“Libya’s medical professionals have been struggling to help patients in need due to a lack of supplies,” said Karl Mattli, the head of delegation for the ICRC in Libya. “Doctors performing lifesaving procedures must have the material they need to do their work.”
As an aid organization, the ICRC is highly concerned by the disruption of public services and the deterioration of infrastructure in Libya due to a lack of maintenance and attention.
“The areas of public health, sanitation and clean water are deteriorating, impacting the living conditions of residents in Libya,” said Mattli. “This has deeply worrying consequences for community health. We hope to see these public resources maintained to ensure society at large remains safe and healthy.”
Correspondent: Ridwan A Olayiwola