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Libyan health delegation meets WHO officials in Cairo

Means of developing cooperation between Libya and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) was discussed Saturday in Cairo by Deputy Minister of Health in the Interim Government, Saad Akoub, and representatives of WHO’s regional office for North Africa and Middle East.

Akoub showcased the current health system in Libya as well as the initiatives being undertaken by the Ministry of Health to develop the service.

They also discussed the possibility of opening a WHO regional office in eastern Libya to follow up the health plans, policies, and programs introduced by the organization in the country.

Akoub and his accompanying delegation started an official visit to Cairo on Wednesday, in which he met with a number of Egyptian health officials to exchange expertise on the development of national health information systems within the healthcare program.

The visit also included discussing a number of cooperation protocols between the two countries.

The Libyan delegation included the Director-General of the Benghazi Medical Center, Abdel-Karim Al-Qabaily; the Director-General of the Tobruk Medical Center, Faraj Al-Jali; Director of the Thawra Central Hospital, Mohamed Al-Triki; and the Director of Public Relations at the Ministry of Health, Abdullah Al-Brani.

In December 2018, medicine supply suffered a major setback in Libya due to the persistent political crisis, leading to endemic shortages.

Achieving universal health coverage requires access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines, all hampered by Libya’s instability.

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