WHO: Libya’s Ability to Detect Coronavirus is Weak


The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) mission in Libya, Elizabeth Hoff, said that the organization has created an advanced action plan based around eight pillars, to support the healthcare sector in Libya in tackling the emerging COVID-19 crisis.

In an interview with ‘Al-Sharq Al-Awsat’ newspaper, Hoff explained that the evaluation process conducted by the organization, deemed Libya’s ability to detect and respond to the virus to be weak. This was most evident in the insufficiency of the laboratory’s ability to test samples, a lack of a health information system and an inability to keep track of the number of people who were in contact with the infected patients. These problems would be solved, should the organization’s action plan be implemented, said Hoff.