Tripoli, 21 September:
Doctors and other staff at Sebha Medical Centre staged a demonstration on Wednesday in protest at the deteriorating security . . .[restrict]situation inside the hospital. Several members of staff had been attacked, they said, and others hade been threatened. There was total absence of security in the centre they said and the assaults were still going on.
One of the centre’s nursing staff, Zidan Mohamed Masoud, has been quoted alleging that the hospital was badly managed. He called on the health ministry to investigate the current management. He also accused unnamed specialists and doctors of not doing their work properly.
In response, the director of the centre has said that it has signed contracts with ten companies for maintenance, the supply of medicines and medical equipment and for other services. Work was underway to open a specialist cardiac unit, he added, and 12 doctors from Sudan would be arriving be arriving in the next few days as well as 25 Filipino nurses. Other nursing staff were being contracted. [/restrict]