By Sami Zaptia.
London, 2 August 2021:
Minister of Health, Ali Zanati, announced that Libya contracted with one of the countries (widely believed to be Egypt) to import one million litres of medical grade oxygen, at a rate of 100,000 litres per day, indicating that it would be a strategic stockpile for emergency in the event of a shortage of oxygen.
The revelation came during his meeting with Prime Minister Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba Saturday during which they conducted a review of the pandemic and the health sector.
Reviewing local medical oxygen Zanati revealed that there are two large oxygen factories in Libya, one of which is in Benghazi which it needs maintenance. There are also 33 small factories, of which 27 operate and 6 need maintenance to enter production. In addition, there is the factory belonging to the Iron and Steel Company (LISCO) which he said will be operational on Monday.
He also reported that as a result of the recent rise in (Delta/Indian variant) Coronavirus infection rates, 17 isolation centres – 13 in the west and 4 in the east – went into operation recently that previously been suspended because of the stability in Coronavirus infection rates. He revealed that Libya had 98 isolation centres, at the level of all municipalities, some of which had been closed with the stability of the epidemiological situation weeks ago.