The director of the Health Service Department in Sabha, Adel Awaidat, demanded state authorities to pay urgent attention to the health sector in Sabha and in the south in general, especially after the recent conflict that broke out in the city.

The call came after the spread of parasitic and infectious diseases such as scabies among the displaced persons who are residing schools after fleeing their homes in the recent clashes.

Awaidat warned that that there is fear of the spreading of the disease on a wider scale if preventive measures were not taken.

He added that they have addressed the Ministry of Health in Tripoli and the Municipality of Sabha as well as some oil companies to provide the necessary support and to make a stand towards the city.

Scabies, also known as the seven-year itch, is a contagious skin infestation by the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. The most common symptoms are severe itchiness and a pimple-like rash.