Poor Healthcare in Libya


Medical staff at a hospital in Sabha in Libya spoke on Saturday about the struggles they face in meeting the needs of their patients due to difficult living conditions. They also faced difficulties in their work during the rule of Muammar Qaddafi and have been under intense pressure since the start of the conflict.

a doctor at the hospital said, "Sabha Hospital is like any other hospital in Libya. All hospitals in the country have collapsed. Unfortunately the former regime did not care for law and order so if a hospital couldn’t function in normal circumstances how can it expected to do so in a war?"

Injured fighters in Libya’s conflict are among those being treated in the wards alongside innocent civilians including newborns.

The United Nations has identified healthcare as a priority for Libya's interim authorities as they seek to restore stability.

U.N. Under-Secretary-General B. Lynn Pascoe drew attention to four key challenges facing the National Transitional Council, beginning with addressing national reconciliation, unity and ensuring that all military groups are brought under a unified command and the political authority of the NTC is carried out quickly.

Local authorities have indicated an urgent need for health items, food, water and other assistance.

Meanwhile, troops of Libya’s new rulers seized control of the port in Sirte, Qaddafi’s birthplace, in fighting with the ousted leader’s troops.

The capture of the port, located in eastern Sirte, marks a strategic victory for the anti-Qaddafi forces as they battle for control of Sirte, one of Qaddafi’s last remaining strongholds.

a doctor at the hospital

Mustapha Ajbaili