Ahmed Zuweten, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Libya, described the flooding as a “disaster and terrible tragedy” in a recent interview on Al-Masar TV. “The responsibility now lies on all of our shoulders,” Zuweten stated.
Zuweten said WHO has collaborated closely with the Libyan Ministry of Health since the floods began, working to deliver medicines and medical supplies. WHO provided 29 tons of drugs and medical equipment the day after the flooding started.
Over the next few weeks, Zuweten said WHO and the Health Ministry will jointly develop a plan to rebuild Libya’s healthcare system. Mobile clinics will be deployed to remote damaged areas, and more drug and medical supply shipments arranged.
Mental health services will be a focus, according to Zuweten. WHO teams will conduct site visits across affected regions to assess needs. “We will send further batches of medicines and medical supplies,” Zuweten said.