Doctors and pharmacists are providing essential medicines for free to those most in need in the Libyan capital, Tripoli.
Two doctors working in a pharmacy in Tripoli recently launched an initiative to provide free medicine to those people who cannot afford to purchase any as a result of the precarious economic conditions in the city and the country as a whole.
The idea was sparked by a customer bringing back medicine than he no longer needed to the pharmacy. This medicine was then given out for free as it had already been purchased by a previous customer.
“Once, a customer came and asked me to take the medicine because he no longer needed it. I agreed and then more than one customer came: those who couldn’t afford to buy medicine. Then, I told the other doctor in the pharmacy about the idea and then we started to offer some basic medicine for free. People then began bringing the medicine they no longer needed from their homes”, explained the pharmacist who initiated the provision of free medicine.
Local residents are delighted by the initiative as many people are in desperate need of medicine that is outside of their budget.
“Some are unable to buy medicine. Most medicines in homes have not expired and are no longer needed. It is best to bring this medicine to the pharmacy so that it will benefit those who need it”, said one of the customers at the pharmacy.
The rehabilitation of the health sector across Libya has been one of the top priorities of the different governing authorities in the country. For instance, the Medical Centre in Tobruk has increased in scope of health services, which are being utilised by people from as far Zliten. Workshops to train medical practitioners have sprung up across the country.
Nevertheless, the difficult economic conditions have pushed people to sell their precious possessions in order to access vital medicine. Initiatives such as this one in Tripoli will go a long way to alleviating the pressures on people living at the lower end of the socioeconomic scale.