Ambassador of Canada to Libya, Isabelle Savard, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative Marc-André Franche have visited Tajoura Cardiology Hospital to follow up on the facilities supported by the (Stability Facility) for Libya, says the UNDP.
The Canadian ambassador expressed her country's pride in supporting the Stabilization Facility for Libya over the years.
“We thank the UNDP for providing us the opportunity... and see firsthand the rehabilitation of critical infrastructure such as the Cardiology Hospital," said ambassador Savard.
The western officials met with Dr. Abdul Raouf Fares, Director of the Hospital, who explained the centre’s achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Our hospital is one of the largest cardiology health facilities across North Africa. However, its infrastructure was neglected," Dr. Fares said.
The UNDP indicated that with the support of 13 international partners and the Government of Libya, the organization managed to equip the facility with an oxygen plant, a water treatment plant, and a renewable energy system to ensure consistent electric power for the intensive care units.
Dr. Fares said that thanks to UNDP, the Stabilization Facility for Libya, and international support, including Canada’s contribution, the hospital now counts with an integrated electricity system through renewable energy, an oxygen plant, and a sewage treatment system.
Libyan hospitals have suffered for years from neglect and poor services, forcing Libyans to seek treatment in private hospitals or make an arduous journey to neighbouring countries.