WHO: 101 health workers were killed by torrents and floods that struck eastern Libya.Pulbished on:
Tripoli, October 3, 2023 (Lana) The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that 101 health workers were dead as a result of torrents and floods that struck areas of eastern Libya last month.
Representative of the WHO in Libya, Dr. Ahmed Zuwaiten, said, “These doctors, nurses, and paramedics who sacrificed their lives are not only a loss for their families but also a loss for the entire community, and it is undoubtedly a strong blow to the health sector in eastern Libya and the rest of it.”
The organization explained in a press release yesterday that primary health care facilities across the country are facing a severe shortage of staff, medicines, equipment, and medical devices, and that the loss of 101 health workers in eastern Libya is another painful blow to the country’s health system.
It added that it is cooperating closely with local and national health authorities to reach immediate solutions to ensure that those affected in the most affected areas have access to health services and is working to rehabilitate and strengthen the health system in Libya by operating the affected health facilities, distributing health workers from the least affected municipalities, and sending medicines, medical supplies, and equipment.
It is noteworthy that the torrents and floods that recently struck the regions of eastern Libya led to the deaths of 4,333 people and the loss of more than 8,500.