Fears Grow over Spread of Meningitis among Libyan Students

Fears Grow over Spread of Meningitis among Libyan Students
Fears Grow over Spread of Meningitis among Libyan Students

On Thursday, the Sebha Education Monitoring Division expressed its concerns over the outbreak of meningitis among Libyan schoolchildren.

In a statement, the division called on school officials to “monitor the symptoms of meningitis among children and students, especially in light of the outbreak of the disease across the city.”

It also urged all Libyan parents to “quickly go to nearby health facilities, in the event of children having gastroenteritis or suspected food poisoning.”

Last week, the Sebha Medical Center announced that a two-year-old boy in its intensive care unit had died of meningitis.

The center indicated that there are two other children in deteriorating health conditions, one of whom is less than 45 days old

The center announced that it had received 22 cases during November, in children ranging from one month to nine years.

It explained that most of the infected cases suffer from high temperatures and acute intestinal influenza. Some cases were admitted to the sheltering section because of food poisoning and severe intestinal influenza.

The center confirmed that monitoring officials were studying the causes leading to the high rate of injuries among children.

Last month, a report published by the Al-Jazeera website said that Libyan cancer patients are selling their properties and assets in search of a dose of chemotherapy treatment. As this costs more than $3,000 dollars (15,000 LYD).

The report stated that the number of people diagnosed with cancer in Libya is officially estimated at between 25,000-30,000, including 6,000-8,000 children, although doctors’ estimates far surpass these numbers.

Most treatment costs for cancer were paid out-of-pocket by patients. Better financial protection may allow more patients to receive comprehensive treatment while avoiding bankruptcy.

The Head of the Scientific Council of the National Cancer Control Program, Hussein Kamuka denounced the government’s mismanagement of the crisis. He pointed out that oncology patients are the most affected by the chaos and political division that has afflicted the country since 2011.