By Libya Herald reporters.
Benghazi, 7 August 2017:
The Beida government is looking to recruit health professionals from Uganda to help run staff-strapped hospitals in the east of the country.
Health Minister Reida El-Oakley today greeted a delegation from the Ugandan health ministry when they arrived at Benina from Kampala. Besides discussing the terms on which Ugandan doctors, nurses and technicians would be hired to work in the health service, the Ugandan party wanted to know about the security, particularly in Benghazi.
Last month Oakley said it was the rise of terrorist violence, coupled with the rising impossibility of converting their Libyan dinar salaries that caused the mass exodus of foreign medical staff from 2014. The result was that in three years the number of beds in Benghazi had fallen from 3,000 to just 1,000. Wards were shut for want of staff and key equipment was unused for lack of the technicians to service and use it.
It is not yet clear how many health professionals are being sought from Uganda.