WHO: 101 Libya health workers lost their lives during Storm Daniel or in its immediate aftermath

Alwasat - Cairo Fri 06 Oct 2023, 12:36 AM
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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 101 health workers in Libya lost their lives during Storm Daniel or in its immediate aftermath.

Some were killed at home, others in the line of duty.

The deceased health workers are among the 4333 people thus far confirmed dead following the storm. More than 8500 people are still missing.

Dr Ahmed Zouiten, WHO Representative in Libya, paid tribute to the health workers who were killed in the floods: “WHO stands with the people of Libya in mourning the loss of so many dedicated health workers. These 101 doctors, nurses and paramedics who lost their lives are not only missed by their families and loved ones; the whole community is affected by their departure and certainly the health sector in eastern Libya and beyond will be hit hard.”

Even before Storm Daniel struck the country, Libya’s health system had been badly disrupted by more than a decade of conflict.

Primary health care facilities throughout the country still face acute shortages of staff, medicines, equipment and medical technologies.

"The loss of the 101 health workers in eastern Libya is an additional heavy blow", said the WHO in a statement.

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