Local health authorities in Wadi al-Ajal in Libya have organised workshops to train medical professionals in order to improve health in the town.
With the aim of improving the level of medical services within health centres in southern Libya, the Health Services Office in the area of Wadi al-Ajal has established a workshop to develop and raise the competencies of the health sector workers in the village of Germa.
“We conducted this workshop in order to raise the efficiency of medical personnel. We, the organizers, thank all who have contributed to the success of this workshop including the unknown soldiers and the director of the centre who has contributed and made a great effort”, said Muhammad Zuwein, the Director of the Department of Human Development in the Health Services Office in Wadi al-Ajal.
The workshop lasted for 3 days, during which the nursing staff learned new techniques regarding first aid for emergency cases. Participants were also trained in the use of certain medical devices.
“Most of the participants were aware of the basic and primary form of aid, but we have updated and activated their knowledge”, said Abdu al-Salam Abu Seyf, a doctor who led part of the training workshop.
Health centres in areas such as Wadi al-Ajal have been severely lacking in government support and so are reliant on local authorities and volunteers to implement training sessions.
The health sector has been an area of major concern for Libyans both before and throughout the civil conflict. The continuation of political fragmentation and military conflict has disabled authorities from pursuing desirable health policies, especially in hard-to-reach parts of the country, such as Wadi al-Ajal, which is currently located in Libyan National Army (LNA)-controlled areas to the south-west of the country.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 17 out of 97 hospitals are closed and only 4 hospitals are functional between 75-80% of its capacity. Over 20% of primary health care facilities are closed, while a large proportion of the others are not ready for service delivery.