Medical supplies running out in Libya

Eight-year-old Sulah in Benghazi Hospital:MAG

Eight-year-old Sulah in Benghazi Hospital:MAG

Libya is facing a critical shortage of drugs, vaccines and other essential medical supplies according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The last international procurement of medical supplies by Libya was made in January before the start of the on going political crisis.

WHO says it was in negotiations with the UN Security Council Sanction Committee on the possibility of transferring Libyan government funds to cover the costs of essential medicines.

Tarik Jasarevic from WHO says the shortages are being experienced in areas controlled by both government and rebel forces.

"Despite some donations this shortage and irregular supply of vaccines and medicines remain a big problem. WHO is working with Libyan medical authorities to establish border requirements and costs for quarterly procurement of the necessary medical supplies for the country. WHO is also beginning as a matter of urgency discussion with partner agencies to establish the logistics and logistical support needed for such large scale procurement operation. WHO is also liaising with the humanitarian community and donor countries on the financing of this procurement of medicines and vaccines with the goal of using funds from the Libyan government and complemented as needed by donor support particularly as the new procurement mechanism is established."

WHO says the ability of the country’s health system to treat and care for war casualties and prevent childhood diseases is under severe strain due to the war and the shortages if not checked will only worsen the situation.

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