Visit our new website: worldnews.easybranches.com

Libyan cancer clinic relies on donors to treat patients

  • Wed, 08 Aug 2018 13:04
Author: 
REUTERS
ID: 
1533677109685389100
Wed, 2018-08-08 00:24

MISRATA: One of Libya’s few cancer clinics is relying on donors to keep its doors open for patients who often travel hundreds of kilometers (miles) for life-saving treatment.
Conflict and economic crisis since Libya’s 2011 uprising have gutted the health system and made it harder for Libyans to afford private treatment or travel to hospitals abroad.
Medicines and equipment are in short supply, and many of the foreign staff on which the health system previously depended have left Libya.
Internal displacement due to conflict has added to the challenges for facilities that are still functioning, such as the Misrata Cancer Center, said Mohamed El-Feki, its director.
Some patients travel to the state-run clinic in the port city of Misrata, about 190 km (120 miles) east of the capital, Tripoli, from deep in the Sahara desert.
“The displacement of a large number of people led to crowding and overpopulation in the west (of Libya) and to an increase in the burden on the cancer treatment center,” Feki said.
The center has been forced to turn to charities and private donors to keep operating.
“We have shortages in all treatments, first and foremost for chemotherapy. It all comes from donations,” said Haweya Ahmed, a nurse and supervisor in the children’s ward.
“One dose can cost 3,000 to 4,000 (Libyan dinars),” she said, an amount equivalent to between $ 2,170 and $ 2,900 at the official exchange rate.
“Some patients come every 15 days, how will they afford this?“
Libya’s conflict has left more than 1 million of its 6.5 million inhabitants in need of humanitarian assistance, according to the United Nations.
Oil revenues that account for almost all Libya’s income have fluctuated and rival governments in the east and west of the country have largely failed to provide public services.
A liquidity crisis and fall in the value of the dinar on the parallel market have left Libyans struggling to pay for basic needs.
“It has become really expensive in pharmacies and impoverished citizens are even unable to buy a loaf of bread,” said cancer patient Ali Al-Qantary, who still had not given up on receiving proper state support.
“We hope the government provides the treatment that patients here need.”

Main category: 
Tags: 
Middle-East

Tags


Harvard Business Review

Related Stories

Case of slain Libyan rebel commander opens old wounds in oil producer
  • Wed, 17 Oct 2018 03:37

Author: ReutersID: 1539700236085715900Tue, 2018-10-16 13:11 BENGHAZI: Eastern Libyan authorities have resumed an investigation into the une...

Lifestyle diseases such as cancer reach epidemic levels in Malaysia
  • Thu, 11 Oct 2018 17:15

Author: Thu, 2018-10-11 02:52   KUALA LUMPUR: Cancer has been found to be the second largest cause of death in the world — and the fourth l...

Libyan government announces Tripoli cease-fire deal
  • Thu, 27 Sep 2018 03:14

Author: AFPID: 1537975188847462500Wed, 2018-09-26 13:58 TRIPOLI: Libya’s internationally recognized government Wednesday announced a new ...

Humanitarian group says 100 migrants die off Libyan coast
  • Tue, 11 Sep 2018 22:04

Author: APID: 1536645912348567400Tue, 2018-09-11 (All day) CAIRO: Doctors Without Borders says more than 100 people have died in a shipwrec...

Libyan security services begin investigations into suicide bomb attack
  • Tue, 11 Sep 2018 20:30

Author: Tue, 2018-09-11 11:13 The Libyan government’s presidential council condemned the terrorist attack that took place on Monday that targe...

Uneasy truce may not last long in embattled Libyan capital
  • Sun, 09 Sep 2018 12:14

Author: REUTERSID: 1536446617970350200Sun, 2018-09-09 01:42 TRIPOLI/TUNIS: Residents of Tripoli emerging from their homes to take advantage...

UN: Ceasefire Reached in Libyan Capital
  • Wed, 05 Sep 2018 02:34

After over a week of fighting and a failed truce, the United Nations announced on Tuesday that a ceasefire has been reached in the fighting between ri...

Flights suspended from Libyan capital Tripoli’s only working airport: AFP
  • Sat, 01 Sep 2018 14:19

Sat, 2018-09-01 04:01 TRIPOLI, LEBANON: The only operational airport in the unrest-hit Libyan capital Tripoli suspended all flights Friday, an airpor...

Libyan coast guard rescues 60 Europe-bound migrants
  • Mon, 13 Aug 2018 06:10

Author: Associated PressID: 1534078369809705200Sun, 2018-08-12 (All day) CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has rescued 60 Europe-bound m...

الجيش اليمني يتقدم باتجاه جنوب شرق محافظة تعـز
  • Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:46

أحرزت قوات الجيش اليمني اليوم تقدماً جديداً باتجاه مديرية خدير جنوب شرق محافظة تع...

النظام يتقدم في درعا والقنيطرة وإجلاء للمئات نحو إدلب
  • Tue, 17 Jul 2018 18:21

أفادت وسائل إعلام سورية رسمية بأن قوات النظام -مدعومةً بقوات رديفة- واصلت تقدمها ف...


الاقسام