Medical Personnel Protest in Libyan Capital


Dozens of healthcare personnel organized a demonstration in front of the Cabinet Office in the Libyan capital, Tripoli, to protest the deteriorating health conditions in the country.

The protesters called for “a full-time minister with high experience and competence in charge of the affairs of the ministry.” The ministry was entrusted to the Deputy Prime Minister of the Libya Government of National Unity (GNU), Ramadan Abu Jinnah.

The former minister, Ali Al-Zanati resigned from his post in December, citing the end of the government’s legal mandate, as per the UN peace plan, as the reason for his decision.

The demonstrators carried banners demanding an increase in their salaries, like their colleagues in other cities in the healthcare sector. They also demanded the payment of their frozen salaries since 2015.

The protesters also chanted for the dismissal of Abu Jinnah and “every official who offended them.”

Services and utilities have deteriorated, the healthcare system has all but collapsed, and power outages have become the norm. However, successive governments are still promising to resolve these crises.

Al-Zanati indicated that Libya is suffering from severe political division amid a lack of political consensus and national unity, stressing that the country is heading toward division and fragmentation.

Al-Zanati’s resignation comes just two days after Prime Minister Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba reinstated him to his post in the wake of the court ruling that cleared him from financial misconduct charges.

“It is difficult for me to continue as health minister in the GNU, whose mandate expired according to the Geneva political agreement, and the legislative authority,” Al-Zanati noted.

In December 2022, Michele Servadei, UNICEF Libya Representative said that after the nutrition SMART survey in Libya, UNICEF estimated that 32,000 children are severely, and acutely malnourished. “We could treat them all and build system capacity to screen and treat with about $3.5 million dollars. We need your support.”