Benghazi, 6 November:
Kufra is looking to move forward in terms of services it provides to local residents after months of clashes earlier this year between Zway and Tebu people brought the town to its knees.
On Sunday, members of the local council met with the head of Kufra’s General Hospital to look into problems facing health services in the town. At the meeting also were the director of health services and a number of healthcare professionals.
They discussed in particular the recent growth in attacks on visiting doctors and places they have been staying, as well as ways to increase security for medical staff in general. The financial aspects of the sectors’ problems were also addressed.
Meanwhile, the town’s chronic internet problems are also being addressed. A team from telecommunications company LTT arrived on Monday morning to install an ADSL internet service in the town.
Like almost all other towns in the south of the country, Kufra has not yet properly entered the internet age. Until now, internet services have been confined to relatively expensive internet cafes in the town centre or through less than adequate internet facilities provided by internet agents at a cost of LD 120 dinars a month. Otherwise, subscribers have had to access the internet using their mobile phones.
Subscription to the new ADSL, which will be supplied via landline phones, will be LD 20 a month with a 10 gigabyte monthly download allowance.