By Libya Herald reporter.
Tunis, 10 August 2017:
The possibility of recruiting new nurses and other medical staff from Indonesia was top of the agenda in talks in Benghazi yesterday between the Indonesian ambassador and the city’s acting mayor Abdulrahman Elabber as well as with officials at the Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC).
It was Ambassador Raudin Anwar’s first visit to Benghazi.
In his discussions with BMC head Dr Sadeddin Al-Mesmari and other hospital officials there was agreement in principal that Indonesian medical staff should be recruited, providing security could be guaranteed.
It was also suggested in the talks with Elabbar that Indonesian nurses and other healthcare workers be recruited for other Benghazi hospitals. Elabber, however, noted that moves were also in hand to try and recruit medical staff from Ukraine and Bulgaria.
There has been a growing sense of urgency among the political leadership in the east of the country over expanding and improving medical services in Benghazi and elsewhere in the area.
By chance, on the same day as the Indonesian ambassador was talking about recruitment of medical staff, the interim government prime minister Abdullah Al-Thinni held a healthcare summit in Beida of top healthcare officials to discuss the problems in Benghazi and throughout the country in providing a proper health service. Those attending included the interim government’s heath minister Reida El-Oakley, the undersecretaries at the ministry and the heads of hospitals and medical centres in Benghazi.
Earlier on Wednesday, Thinni also had talks with head of the eastern Central Bank of Libya, Ali Al-Hibri, at the Bank’s headquarters in Beida about ensuring the supply of medicine and medical equipment to hospitals and health centers throughout the country.