By Adam Ali.
Benghazi, 23 February 2015:
All-round shortages and clinic closures mean that Benghazi medics are struggling to look after the city’s . . .[restrict]sick and injured.
Over ten months of fighting have resulted in the closure of all but two medical facilities. Hawari hospital, the Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic along with all other health facilities near Hawari, as well as the radiology centre, the Jamhuriya hospital and 7 October hospital have all shut down because of looting, damage or nearby clashes.
The closures have increased pressure on Benghazi Medical Centre (BMC) and Jalaa Hospital, the only two hospitals that remain open. Both institutions have themselves suffered from shortages of supplies and personnel.
In an effort to overcome the loss of foreign nurses, who have been evacuated from the war zone, the BMC and the Benghazi Medical Professionals Guild have been running crash courses in nursing skills. More such courses are planned, Benghazi Council Sanitation spokesman Hani Al-Oraibi told the Libya Herald.
He added that once the conflict was over, all Benghazi’s medical facilities would be repaired and reopened.