Kufra hospital fully operation again after EU-funded renovation project – Al Marsad

Libya – A ceremony has taken place at Kufra’s Atia Kaseh General Hospital to mark the end of a major rehabilitation programme. The hospital had been damaged during various conflicts in the town in the recent years. However, two operating rooms and an intensive care unit are now fully functional and the hospital which will also be able to treat up to 500 patients a day in its paediatric and gynaecological clinics as well as its surgical and emergency units.

The five-month-long renovation was funded by the European Union, with the work overseen by the United Nations Development Programme and the Presidency Council’s local government ministry.

“The hospital will provide quality healthcare to the residents of Kufra and neighbouring towns,” the town’s mayor, Abdulrahman Agoob, said at the ceremony to mark the completion of works.

Hospital director Ahmed Bumatary noted that there had not been any maintenance work since 2005.  Now, he said, it would be operational 24 hours a day.

In December 2017, the EU gave the hospital two intensive-care ambulances. The vehicles are now said to be transporting 20 patients every month.

The hospital is considered the largest and oldest medical centre in the southeast of Libya. It serves more than 80,000 people in Kufra and neighbouring places such as Tazerbu and Rebyana. However, Tebus living in Kufra have told Almarsad that they cannot use it because it is in the downtown area controlled by the Zwai community.

Other EU aid in Kufra has gone to the rehabilitation of the Libya Clinic, Al-Mukhtar Clinic and the Kufra branch of Benghazi University.

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