oncology patients

The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah stressed the need to stop issuing treatment letters until the recommendation is issued by the National Cancer Control Authority, and to work seriously to provide oncology drugs and their supplements.

This call came in a meeting held by Dbeibah, on Thursday to follow up on the Cancer patients' file, with the Head of the Audit Bureau, Khalid Shakshak, the Head of the National Cancer Control Authority, Haider Al-Sayeh, the Director General of Oversight of Service Sectors at the Audit Bureau, and the directors of Patient Affairs and the Planning Department of the Treatment Services Support and Development Authority.

Dbeibah stressed the need to support the Authority’s plan to provide the necessary services to oncology patients, unify the efforts of state institutions to organize this file, limit the waste of financial allocations due to its lack of regulation, and establish the necessary control measures that contribute to supporting treatment inside Libya.

Shakshak stressed the necessity of activating private pharmacies to provide medicines to patients according to the rules contained in the public tender, while Al-Sayeh pointed out that a system will be installed in local oncology centers and hospitals to link them together, and issue electronic cards to all patients.

Al-Sayeh said the Public Tender Committee and the Medical Supply Authority will provide specialized medicines and identify the shortages of medicines to all patients, stressing the launching of radiotherapy in a number of local oncology centers to contribute to the localization of oncology treatment.

The Director of the Patient Affairs Department at the Treatment Services Authority said that coordination is continuing to localize treatment in Libya, and to return about 45 patients, especially those that require chemotherapy and radiation treatment, after ensuring that medications are available and radiotherapy is activated in local centers.