The Obari hospital in southern Libya cuts the suffering of Libyans suffering from diabetes and needs kidney wash once or twice a week. In front of the dialysis machine in the hospital, a 50-year-old Libyan woman waits for her son, who is lying waiting for his role in treatment. She complains to the ICRC employee that it is difficult to move him from Gatt, on the outskirts of the Algerian border, To one wash session, it may take two hours, and return it again.
The story of the 16-year-old boy with the disease, which his mother told the ICRC, is only a miniature model of thousands of similar cases, accumulated over seven years of political division and armed clashes in several parts of Libya, reflecting the declining role of health institutions. Depends entirely on humanitarian assistance provided by the ICRC and the Libyan Red Crescent. But former Health Minister Fatima Al-Hamroush told Asharq Al-Awsat that "the shortage of medicines and equipment is not due to the lack of funds in Libya," but rather to the "thieves, scammers and the lack of national sense among many who took over the country."
"The treatment offered to Libyans is limited at home and is available abroad for reasons, notably the personal use of brokers, who are not only contracted to hospitals for treatment, but also by the patients themselves," Hamroush said.
In the case of kidney patients in Libya, it is considered a hina compared to those who are exposed to burns or get cancer, as they are forced to travel abroad, as the treatment centers rely on donations from citizens to fill the shortage of medicines and save what can be saved. However, this situation did not prevent the mother of an atheist, and others from the city of Ghat from the distress of Minister of Health Omar Bashir al-Tahir, of the Government of National Accord, as a member of the south to urge him to provide the necessary to treat their children kidney patients, instead of moving them to hospitals about 700 Kilometers, three times a week, with less fuel and less money.
Official statistics on the number of patients are not available in Libya. But the information and communication department headed by the Council of Ministers quoted Bashir al-Tahir registration of more than 4 thousand patients with kidney failure across the country, and the World Health Organization estimated the existence of about 88 thousand patients with diabetes, according to figures last year.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been carrying out a shortage of medicines and materials to counter some of the hospitals in Libya, with an increase in the number of sick and wounded, as well as the response of the government of the winner of the purchase of health facilities, according to plans and funds.
The Libyans are always looking for a "shater" doctor in neighboring countries, especially in Tunisia and Egypt to go to him. Fatima al-Mahrousi, a Libyan, said she always goes with her mother to a cardiologist in Alexandria every two months. "The turbulent conditions in Libya prevent us from living in a stable manner," she said. "You can go to hospitals. "He said.
In her diagnosis of the health sector crises in Libya, Al-Hamroush, who took over the health sector in Abdul Rahim al-Kib's government after Kadhafi's overthrow, accused people who did not name them. "They work either for external interests or as mercenaries for financial gain for themselves. In both cases they serve the interests of External companies at the expense of the public interest, and are working on the continuation of the deteriorating situation in Libyan hospitals, while investing the money of the people abroad to buy more unfinished equipment, or without contracts for maintenance, or hide after purchase to buy more without using them, or to sell in the market Black, This also applies to medicines in the same manner.
The case of diabetes patients such as cancer patients
Among the many diseases that spread in Libya, tumor diseases continue to weigh heavily on the Libyan citizen. In this regard, a medical source at the Misrata Center for Oncology explained that the influx of patients to the institution prompted them to accept donations from citizens and charities. "Chemotherapy is deficient in Center". The source, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to talk to the media, "the price per dose per patient ranges between 3 thousand and 4 thousand dinars," pointing out that the treatment is the rate of once or twice a month.
The shortage of medicines and the decline in health services in general led to the winner of the presidential council, El Sarraj, to express his dissatisfaction with the quality of health services provided and the lack of medicines during an earlier meeting of all health sector officials in the west. Review all tender records for the supply of medicine for kidney diseases, tumors and vaccinations.
With the increasing number of patients on the outside for treatment at the expense of the state, Al-Seraj adopted the end of last July a treatment plan, including procedures for treatment at home and abroad. The Information Office of the President of the Presidential Council of the Government of the Reconciliation that President Al-Sarraj ordered the immediate start in the implementation of the treatment plan, which includes the treatment of all Libyans across Libya, and ensure transparency in spending, in accordance with the legislation in force.
The lack of functioning of health institutions depends not only on the lack of medical services or medicine. Mohammed al-Azoumi, head of a committee mandated by the Presidential Council to visit Kufra Municipality and the Shura Administrative District, explained the lack of health services in the municipal and municipal health facilities because some buildings were damaged by up to 90 per cent due to battles over the past years .
Al-Azoumi revealed the inability of the facilities to provide important health services related to gynecology, obstetrics, kidneys, teeth, emergency and ambulance, due to the dilapidated buildings and the need of some sections for radical and comprehensive maintenance, as well as lack of equipment, vaccines, equipment and medicines.
"The lack of effective accountability and deterrence, the spread of crime and weapons hinder reform and change, provide a fertile environment for further fraud and exploitation, and further misery, misery and degradation among the public," said Fatima Al-Hamroush.