The Director-General of the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Badr al-Din Najjar, said that more than 70 cases of AIDS patients registered in the medical centers have died from lack of drugs in the previous months.

In a press statement, Najjar revealed that about 2600 new cases were recorded in the main hospitals and medical centres in Tripoli.

Najjar added that the NCDC is suffering from a shortage of hepatitis C drugs and other drug diseases that are supplied exclusively for the state, such as AIDS and mental illness, while there has been no budget allocated to the centre for providing such drugs.