LIBYA – Libyan Prime Minister Abdul-Hamid Dbeibah has emphasized the importance of young physicians’ contributions to improving healthcare in Libya.

We are confident of the ability of our young physicians to improve the healthcare in our country, when needs are provided. This serves our quest to provide proper healthcare in all parts of the country,” Dbeibah said during a speech at the second training forum of medical students and young physicians, held in the capital Tripoli.

The forum, which brings together a large number of young physicians and medical students from across the country, aims to develop scientific recommendations and to launch training programs to improve the capabilities of Libya’s young physicians.

Due to years of armed conflict and instability, Libyan authorities have struggled to provide adequate basic services to its people, particularly in the areas of healthcare and education.

Healthcare in Libya is generally plagued with acute shortages of skilled personnel and medical supplies, particularly for chronic conditions such as diabetes.

COVID-19 has placed additional strain on the healthcare system, with hospitals struggling to keep up with the influx of patients.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Libya’s Minister of Health, Ali Al-Zanati, met with the Italian Ambassador to Libya, Giuseppe Buccino, to discuss ways to strengthen bilateral health cooperation.

The two sides also discussed improving the capabilities of medical and auxiliary medical personnel and raising the level of services in Libya’s health sector.

Buccino emphasized his country’s desire to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and assist Libya’s health sector.

Further to that, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has stated that it has provided medical supplies to a hospital and a medical center in Tripoli, Libya.

UNHCR distributed medical equipment and supplies to Tripoli University Hospital, and Weriamma healthcare center in Tajoura as part of our support to the Libyan health authorities, with Covid cases remaining high,” the UN organization said on Wednesday in a statement.

Tripoli University hospital is the largest hospital in Libya and its emergency department serves an average of 20,000 cases a month, the statement said.

UNHCR donated medical supplies that can serve around 75,000 people, including face masks for oxygen, disposable bed sheets, antiseptics, and medical instrument trolleys,” the statement added.

UNHCR also provided one electrocardiograph and one ultrasound machine to Weriamma health care center in Eastern Tripoli, which provides primary health care, childbirth, and vaccination services, according to Xinhua news agency.

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