The Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Health, Ramadan Abu Janah, discussed on Tuesday with the President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya (AmCham), Debbie Hirst, and representatives of the two companies Roche and MSD participating in the public tender to provide the country’s needs for medical supplies, strengthening common means of cooperation in the health sector.
The Minister thanked Roche and MSD, pioneers in the pharmaceutical industry, for their constant keenness to enhance cooperation with Libya in the pharmaceutical industry, in a way that supports the Ministry’s strategy to improve the level of health care.
The meeting dealt with discussing the implementation of the state’s public bid, where the Minister confirmed that the procedures apply to complete the bid in accordance with the legal context.
During the meeting, proposals for cooperation to advance the fields of scientific research, training, clinical research, and surveys, especially in the field of oncology, were discussed.
Speaking to Libya Herald about the meeting, AmCham Libya president Debbie Hirst said ‘‘We were pleased to have the opportunity to meet with the Acting Minister of Health and his team during a recent visit of our member MSD (Merck) to Tripoli. He expressed his desire for Libyans to receive the world’s best healthcare, and how U.S. companies can help support that. AmCham committed to supporting the Minister’s interest in engaging more actively with U.S. companies in the healthcare space.
The healthcare area is complicated in Libya, and historically has been one of the sectors that causes challenges for our members, for several reasons. We are pleased with what we are seeing from the current team at the Ministry of Health and are optimistic that things will continue to develop positively’’.