Deputy Prime Minister/ Minister of Health Ramadan Abu Jinnah has met delegates from local companies manufacturing medicines and medical supplies to discuss their role in providing government-run health facilities with their needs.

The representatives said they are looking forward to gaining the ministry's support so they can fulfill the public hospitals' requirements.

A statement by the Health Ministry said that Abu Jinnah affirmed his support for the local pharmaceutical industries to reduce the burden on the state instead of importing basic medical supplies and products.

Last Thursday, the Ministry of Health discussed with the Philippine Chargé d'Affairs in Libya, Huan Enriquez Diang, the possibility of contracting new medical staff from the Philippines as part of the ministry's plan to upgrade the services of the public health sector in Libya.