The heads of municipal councils in Greater Tripoli have called on the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) to declare a health emergency due to the terrible epidemiological situation in Tripoli, saying towns and cities should be isolated so the coronavirus cannot spread more.
In a statement Tuesday, the mayors called on the GNA to appoint a new health minister who would be qualified for the position amid the ongoing health situation and would work transparently and do an honest service to the country and people away from regional or tribal considerations.
They said one of the Tripoli hospitals should be allocated for Covid-19 cases, urging for opening laboratories in all Tripoli municipalities to contain the spread of the virus.
The mayors complained about the lack of mechanisms to fight Covid-19 and lack of capabilities at quarantine centers as well as the delay of test results, and bad handling of positive cases, causing a number of deaths among the infected patients. They added that the municipal councils didn't even receive budgets allocated to fight the pandemic.
"We urge the Ministry of Health to support municipal councils to provide the needed capabilities for isolation and quarantine centers." The statement added.