Libya’s Health Ministry reported today that Tripoli’s state Al-Hadba Al-Khadra Hospital succeeded in performing its first brain and nerve surgery since its establishment.
A medical team headed by a neurosurgeon, Dr. Reda Al-Mazigri, succeeded in performing an operation on a one-year-old child, who was suffering from a change in the pressure of the cerebral drainage tube, the Ministry reported.
It explained that performing this kind of delicate operations within the public sector is limited to hospitals and medical centres specializing in neurosurgery, to the exclusion of others, such as Tripoli University Hospital and Ali Omar Askar-Sbaia Hospital. From the available capabilities and from the experiences of the national cadres, it added, Al-Khadra hospital succeeded in performing the first neurosurgery operation since its establishment more than forty-five years ago.
It will be recalled that two days ago, Al-Khadra Hospital recorded the success of the aortic valve implantation of a seventy-eight-year-old patient, using the “TAVI” technology, which is used for the first time in the public sector, considered the latest technology used in this field in the world.
Localisation of services
Performing such complex operations domestically is part of the Ministry and its governments policy of attempting to localise more medical care and services.