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Minister of health in Libya Muhammad Abu Ujaylah Rashid

H.E. Professor Dr Mohamed Abu-Ujaylah Rashed

Ministry of Health

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October 28, 2008, Head of the Supervisory Board of the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation Kateryna Yushchenko had a meeting with Secretary of the People's Committee for Health & Environment of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Muhammad Abu Ujaylah Rashid.

The parties discussed Ukraine's and Libya's cooperation in the area of medicine. Mrs. Kateryna described the Ukraine 3000 International Charitable Foundation's medical programs

Muhammad Abu Ujaylah Rashid minister of health in Libya


For Ministry of Health-Libya MOH-Libya requires following Medical and Paramedical Staff urgently:

Nurses - G.N.M. with min. 3 yrs. exp.

  • I.C.U. Nurses (250)
  • Neonatal Nurses (200)
  • Midwife Nurses (100)
  • O.T. Nurses (200)
  • Dialysis Nurses (100)

Salary offered: $600-750 pm. plus Free Accommodation or H.R.A. Paid Leave, Gratuity, Air Tickets etc.

Doctors - M.D./M.S. with min. 5 yrs. exp.

  • Anaesthetists (5)
  • Paediatricians (30)
  • Neuro Surgeons (10)
  • Vascular Surgeons (06)
  • Neonatologists (30)
  • Neurologists (05)
  • Histopathologist (05)
  • Gynecologists (50)
  • Orthopaedicians (40)
  • Radiologists (25)
  • Hematologists (05)
  • Paediatric Cardiac, Surgeons (15)
  • Internist (60)

Salary offered: $2000-3000 pm plus free Accommodation or H.R.A., Paid Leave, Gratuity, Air Tickets etc. **Special Salary for Consultants & Superspecialist.

Visa Ready, Immediate Departure

Interested candidates willing to join within 4-6 weeks must attend Final Interview with Libyan Delegation alongwith detailed Bio-data, all certificates, passport & 02 photographs in original and a set of photocopies at either of below venues:

  • Cochin: LE Meridien
    Date of Interview: 22nd & 23rd June, 2010
  • Chennai: LE Royal Meridien
    Date of Interview: 25th & 26th June, 2010
  • Bangalore: LE Meridien
    Data of Interview: 27th June, 2010

Libyan critics dispute health care quality reports 2010-04-13

Public investments have improved Libya's health infrastructure, the Ministry of Health reports, but critics claim that citizens are fleeing the country to find better care. By Jamel Arfaoui for Magharebia in Tunis 13/04/10

Tunisia's health care technology places the country well ahead of Libya in World Health Organization rankings. Libyans are criticising an April 4th government report that describes the country's health care as expansive and top-of-the-line. "Reports like this are created at a time of need to tell lies," Libyan rights activist Mohammed Sehim said. Libya's government spent $2 billion on health care 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, according to the report. Critics, however, claim that the picture painted by the Ministry of Health does not reflect the reality on the ground.

"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 Imsaad, 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 Organisation 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. Journalist Aatef Latrach criticised the report for its lack of detail on the quality of health care.

"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," he said. 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 medical treatment -- 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 medical care. 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.

Another Libyan doctor openly called for officials to address the flaws in Libya's health care in an article published in al-Watan last February. "The change process is not hard to achieve, but it needs a scientific methodology capable of employing money rather than wasting it," Dr. Ameur Touati wrote. "Above anything else, officials in the Libyan state have to show some responsibility and stop their repeated claims that the medical services are just fine." Magharebia was unable to reach the Libyan Health Department for comment.

"from Ras Lanuf to Ismaad"? That should be Imsaad, not Ismaad.It is true that the report does not actually represent the actuality on the ground because the health services are not well spread out according to population distribution. This is a problem in itself because of the lack of a well structured public transportation system, so people consider the long journey to a hospital a hassle; only to find out that the doctor isn't available or some machines are not working, etc. And there is also a lack of cheap places to rent for an overnight stay in the larger towns or cities.In Libya, Libyans never stay in hotels if they can help it, it's a foreign idea to them. Especially now with the new prices that are geared towards the dollar carrying foreigners. Having said that, one finds that many Libyans are satisfied with the health care system because their experience was a good one. On the opposing side, someone who has had a bad experience will obviously not agree. It has somewhat become a national joke, but seriously there are success stories regarding treatment of illnesses, but people are impatient and hurriedly make arrangements to go to Tunis or Jordan. Yet there, they are given the same diagnosis, but with better nursing care and patient friendly environments.

The correct name is Aatef Latrach, not Adel Latrach, as stated in the report

The quality of healthcare in Libya is bellow zero. Minimum half of the 2 billion/2009 the ministry speaks of are in the pockets of curropted offecials. The problem in Libya is not manpower or money power, IT IS a problem of structure, authority and managment.

Diseases that had disappeared in the days of the kingdom are making a comeback. Libyans suffereing from simple and complex diseases are going to Tunisia, Jordan, Egypt to seek cures. Hospitals are lacking in the most basic medications and equipment. Lack of hygeinc standards have resulted in spread of diseases. I had seen the Children's hospital with my own eyes, and as shocked at the sight of filthy beds, lack of running water, and other basic essentials for hospitals to function. The Childre's hospital gained notariety when 393 children were infected by the AIDs Virus, because of poor of hygenic standars. If Libya has such high quality health care, why are Libyans leaving for treatment abroad, for the few who can afford it, while others die unnecessarily. This kind of report is pure propaganda for a failed health system; and those news media, who propogate it are guilty of coverup, that would only make matters worse for libyans. Media should observe honesty of reporting, that might force the Gaddafi regime to improve health care inside Libya.

The above caption, below the picture, is on the same page of your article, tells the reality of health care in Libya. One must remember that Tunisia lacks the tremendous wealth of Libya, which Gaddafi treats as his inheritance right to spend on self and family

map of Libya regions

In 1995, Libya was divided into thirteen districts (shabiyah), in 1998 into twenty-six districts, and in 2001 into thirty-two districts. These were then further rearranged into twenty-two districts in 2007:

Name of district
Population (2006)
Number (on map)
Al Butnan 159,536 1
Darnah 163,351 2
Al Jabal al Akhdar 203,156 3
Al Marj 185,848 4
Benghazi 670,797 5
Al Wahat 177,047 6
Al Kufrah 50,104 7
Surt 141,378 8
Murzuq 78,621 22
Sabha 134,162 19
Wadi Al Hayaa 76,858 20
Misratah 550,938 9
Al Murgub 432,202 10
Tarabulus 1,065,405 11
Al Jfara 453,198 12
Az Zawiyah 290,993 13
An Nuqat al Khams 287,662 14
Al Jabal al Gharbi 304,159 15
Nalut 93,224 16
Ghat 23,518 21
Al Jufrah 52,342 17
Wadi Al Shatii 78,532 18
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