Al-Beida Medical Centre announced that a Spanish medical team specialised in performing artificial joint installation operations – for the knee or hip joint (the clamshell) – arrived at Al Bayda Medical Centre on Monday, as part of the Libyan government’s localization of treatment policy. The team arrive in cooperation with the Tripoli-based Emergency Medical Support Centre (EMSC) which is delivering visiting specialist across Libya.
Upon arrival, the medical team immediately began examining the cases requiring operations, according to the waiting lists of 100 prepared in advance by the centre’s orthopaedic department.
60 cases (men and women) were initially examined. The medical team evaluated the cases that deserved operations to install artificial bone joints according to need and priority.
On Tuesday, the Al-Beida Centre said after the first operation was conducted, that this was the first such operation since the centre’s establishment.
Free health service
The Al-Beida Centre said this type of operation would usually be performed at the state’s expense abroad or locally in private clinics, which cost citizens and the state exorbitant amounts of money. Now, it continued, it is performed inside Al-Beida Medical Centre for free and without any compensation.
Spanish teams examined flood affected victims and other surgical specialities too
The EMSC reported that the visiting Spanish medical team also examined cases of those affected by the floods and other surgical specialty cases at Al Bayda Central Hospital.
Besides orthopaedics, these included general surgery, neurosurgery, and spinal surgery.
Visiting specialist from USA
EMSC said that it was continuing to localise specialist healthcare across Libya, announcing that US-based specialist gastroenterologist, Mohamed Sultan, conducted last Sunday medical examinations at Zintan’s Al-Muzn Hospital.
The EMSC said its team begun conducting advanced medical examinations for upper and lower endoscopy cases at Al Muzn Hospital, under the supervision of consultant Sultan, a specialist in the gastrointestinal system, therapeutic endoscopy, and liver, residing in the United States of America.
The work will continue for 10 days.
Localisation of healthcare
The EMSC said this work comes within the treatment localization programme launched by the Tripoli government to increase the efficiency of health care provided to citizens, develop working medical personnel and improve their skills.
Ministry of Health’s 200 artificial joints initiative in the south
It must also be recalled that on 1 October the Tripoli-based Libyan Ministry of Health announced that as part of the initiatives of the Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister of Health, Ramadan Abu Janah, to support the public health sector, the Ministry had launched a treatment programme that aims to perform 200 operations to install artificial joints for medical cases in the southern region, in coordination with the EMSC in the southern region.
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