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Libyan Healthcare Quality in Argument

’s government spent $2 billion on in 2009, according to the Ministry of Health’s Information and Documentation Centre report. The country has 97 hospitals, 20,689 hospital beds, 40 CT scanners, 20 MRI machines, 9 angiography machines and 3 radiotherapy devices.

Libyans are criticizing an April 4th government report that describes the country’s health care as expansive and top-of-the-line.

“The health condition in Libya is awful, as shown by citizens who are forced to sell their cars and houses to receive treatment in neighbouring countries – not at the expense of the authority as mentioned in the report,” Sehim said.

A single hospital in Benghazi serves all of eastern Libya from Ras Lanuf to Ismaad, Sehim said -an area containing half of the country’s territory.

“These exaggerated figures are no more than a case of puffing up, to dispel the sense of failure,” he said.

The World Health Organization ranks Libya’s health system as 87th in the world, behind Tunisia (52nd), Morocco (29th) and Algeria (81st). It ranks ahead of Mauritania at 162nd place.

“The report doesn’t include anything about the quality of professional and educational courses that the doctors joined and the medical conferences that the medical institution they have effectively participated in,” said Journalist Adel Latrech.

The government avoids “evaluation in most of their sectors so as not to prove their shortcomings and hence be held accountable,” Latrech said.

The true measure of health quality, he said, lies with the numbers of Libyans who travel abroad for — a trend that Libyan government officials try hard to spin positively, he said.

“Officials only comment by saying, ‘As to the travel of some people to receive treatment abroad, it doesn’t reflect a low or high level of the . Rather, it shows how the citizens are keen on their health, and their financial capabilities to look for treatment elsewhere,'” Latrech added, quoting plastic surgeon Dr. Mustapha Zaidi.

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