Libya: ICRC and Libyan Red Crescent deliver urgently needed medical aid

By International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
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GENEVA, Switzerland, September 17, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Urgently needed medical supplies today reached Al-Zahra hospital in Warshefana, on the outskirts of Tripoli, in an operation carried out by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent.

The fighting in Warshefana, which has been under way for several weeks, has left many people dead or injured, and has severely disrupted health-care services in the area. The hospital, overwhelmed by the influx of war-wounded patients and virtually cut off from the outside world, has been beset by severe shortages of medicines and medical supplies.

"Health care must be available to everyone who needs it," said Dr Carmen Carrillo, the ICRC's health coordinator for Libya. "Enough supplies were delivered today to treat up to 130 war-wounded patients, but this is only a temporary solution. We hope to be able to deliver more items as soon as possible."

The medical aid, which consists of suture sets, wound- and burn-dressing materials and surgical supplies, was safely delivered to the hospital despite the difficult security environment.

The ICRC has been working together with the Libyan Red Crescent to provide support for Libyan hospitals since the beginning of the current violence. It has so far delivered medical supplies to health-care facilities in Mitiga, Zawia, Aradah, Tripoli, Zintan, Benghazi, Ajdabiya, Abyar and Marj.

Owing to deteriorating security conditions, the ICRC temporarily moved its international staff to Tunis on 15 July. The organization is however carrying out its work in Libya through 130 local staff and is responding to emergencies and assisting internally displaced persons in cooperation with the Libyan Red Crescent and other local partners.