Libya’s Health Ministry urges for state of emergency, closure of vaccination system

Health Minister Ali Al-Zanati stressed in a statement – Saturday – the importance of immunization against the Coronavirus to create “herd immunity” to eliminate this pandemic.

“Al-Zanati” gave his instructions during his meeting with the Scientific Committee and the Epidemiological Committee to study the current epidemiological situation, and set urgent recommendations to control the spread of the virus, foremost of which is the establishment of quarantine centers within all treatment institutions, to increase clinical capacity and communicate with workers in isolation and filter centers to solve their problems.

The minister’s urgent recommendations also included distributing vaccines to all health centers and vaccination points in municipalities and within health departments, and activating the infection control department in all centers and hospitals.

The recommendations also included activating community awareness through direct programs in all channels, in addition to increasing the daily capacity of laboratories.

The Ministry and the attendees considered that the Epidemiology Committee is the only reference for information related to the pandemic, after consulting and obtaining permission from the Ministry of Health, emphasizing that there are no committees outside the health system, and a commitment to strictly adhere to the national health system, as specified by law.

The instructions stipulated and stressed the start of the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine upon its arrival and requesting the declaration of a health emergency in the country, to activate mechanisms to combat the pandemic in accordance with the law and to stop the work of the vaccination system, provided that a vaccination campaign is carried out for workers in isolation and filtration centers, maternity departments, emergency departments and institutions that it has direct interaction with the public.

The meeting agreed with the minister to double the beds in isolation centers, and to quadruple the medical oxygen stock. Alternative plans have also been put in place to deal with the problem of oxygen shortages – according to what the Media Department reported on the ministry’s media platform.

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