The Tripoli based Deputy Prime Minister / Acting Minister of Health, Ramadan Abu Janah, held an expanded meeting on Sunday with the Minister of Economy and Trade, Mohamed Al-Hwej, the head of the Internal Security Agency, Lutfi Al-Harari, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior for Directorate Affairs, Major General Bashir Al-Amin, and the head of the Municipal Guard, Major General Rajab Gatusa.
The meeting discussed and coordinated efforts to control and follow up the performance of clinics, medical centers, and private hospitals. Forming joint committees to ensure the extent of the private health sector’s commitment to applying the health standards and requirements approved by the Ministry of Health, were also discussed. The meeting also addressed the deficiencies in services provided by the private health sector.
In turn, the Minister of Health stressed the need for joint work with the Ministries of Economy and Interior to exercise the oversight role on the private sector, implement pricing decisions for clinics and medical centres, and implement all decisions regulating the work of the private sector.
Elaborating further during a live interview with a Libyan TV channel, Abu Janah said the wide meeting was called for by the Internal Security Agency to deal with the poor conditions of some private clinics.
He confirmed that a committee was formed headed by the Head of the Internal Security Agency, with membership of the Municipal Guard, the Intelligence Service, Law Enforcement, all security agencies, the Ministry of Health and Economy, and the Doctors Syndicate.
He explained that the committee will start its work from the Tripoli University Hospital, and sub-committees will emerge from it in all municipalities inside Libya, to follow up on the work of private clinics as well as public and central hospitals.
The Acting Health Secretary revealed that according to the observations received from the Public Prosecutor’s Office, there are clinics that operate without adhering to the health standards set by the health law. He said the committee will inspect and organize the work of private clinics, hospitals and centres.
The committee was also formed in order to implement the decision of the Ministry of Economy and Trade related to controlling prices in clinics.
South to north medical migration causing acute shortages in remote areas
On a related topic, Abu Janah commented on the arrival Thursday of the second batch of Bangladeshi medical staff.
The health facilities located in the southern regions (and other remote areas in general), he explained, suffered from a severe shortage of medical and auxiliary personnel, despite the measures taken by the (Tripoli) government to encourage national cadres to work in the south, stressing that there has been migration from the south to the north in search of better living conditions.
With government approval, a committee was formed to bring in medical and auxiliary personnel from Bangladesh, which is the only country from which we obtained approval in accordance with the standards set by the Ministry of Health, including salaries, Abu Janah revealed.
The first group of incoming personnel to arrive consists of 53 medical and paramedical personnel, and the second group will arrive between August 28 and 29.
The incoming cadres will be distributed to health facilities located in the remote western, eastern and southern regions, as well as Sabha Medical Centres, Misurata Medical Centre, and Tajoura Heart Hospital because they also suffer from a shortage, the Acting Health Minister explained.