By Libya Herald reporters.
Tripoli, 20 November 2013:
More Indian doctors are expected to arrive in Benghazi hospitals, thanks to a Libyan medical . . .[restrict]team now visiting India.
The delegation of Benghazi doctors left yesterday for talks in India with officials and healthcare providers, designed to bolster Libya’s healthcare provision.
The expectation is that the mission, which is supported by the ministry of health, will trigger the recruitment of a large number of Indian medical specialists for Benghazi hospitals, particularly the city Huwari Hospital. That will join hundreds of other Indian doctors already working in Libya.
Since the revolution, more than 400 Libyan patients have been treated in India. Both sides are hopeful that arrangements for care will continue. India’s well-established private healthcare sector has also shown interest in expanding into Libya. The Indo Gulf Hospital and Apollo Hospitals Group, which provides care in Ghana, Nigeria, Qatar and Oman, is considering such a move.
The delegation is also set to visit India’s pharmaceuticals industry, which is the world’s largest exporter of bulk drugs.
Mr Anil Triunayat, India’s Ambassador to Libya said he felt “there is a great opportunity here. Indian doctors are respected in Libya and we are trying very hard to get more doctors and nurses, so that whatever shortages there are in the hospitals, we can help.
“Indian doctors did not leave their posts during the revolution. They said no, the Libyans need us now. That position has gone down well. They are ready to assist Libya in the healthcare sector.”
With contributions from Ashraf Abdul Wahab and Callum Paton.