The state Al-Hadba Al-Khadra Hospital (Tripoli) announced Tuesday that after a stoppage lasting more than 10 years it has resumed conducting keyhole (arthroscopy) knee surgeries.
An arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery for checking or repairing joints.
The hospital reported that it had recorded the success of the first patient’s knee arthroscopy, after the hospital administration had carried out comprehensive maintenance work on the device because of it being out of work due to malfunctions and after providing the necessary ancillaries.
Localisation of healthcare
The resumption of work of yet another hospital department in Libya is seen as part of the Tripoli Libyan government’s wider health policy to ‘‘localise’’ health treatment and care.
This localisation gives more value for money to the state by treating more Libyans for the same money, reducing corruption in the highly corrupt overseas health provision system. It is also more democratic as overseas healthcare is overcompetitive and oversubscribed. It is open to much corruption and nepotism.
Localising healthcare is also more convenient for patients who would otherwise have to travel abroad for their healthcare with one or two chaperones.