Washington DC, 7 December 2013:
More Libyan partnerships with US hospitals may be in the works after the first high-level Libyan healthcare . . .[restrict]delegation to visit the United States arrived this week led by Deputy Minister of Health Emhamed Elhemmali.
After attending the Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago, the delegation headed to Washington on 3 December, meeting with US companies in the medical field as well as discussing with US State Department officials and members of the US Congress how the US can provide assistance in improving Libya’s healthcare system.
Libya is seeking US expertise to move beyond a system of, “scattered hospitals and primary care without good coordination”, said Elhemmali, addressing an audience of US companies during a discussion on 4 December organised by the National Council on US-Arab Relations and the American Libyan Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Dr Esam Omeish, Vice Chairman of the American Libyan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at Inova Alexandria Hospital, said that Libya “very much looks up to the American healthcare system”.
Libyan needs sought in the US focused on public health administration, training, pharmaceuticals, telemedicine, IT and hospital construction. Dr Taher Ali Ahmed Abdussalam, head of the Medical Supplies Organisation at the Ministry of Health, highlighted the particular need to devise a central system for hospitals to communicate with the ministry on their procurement needs. [/restrict]