Libyan Doctors Working in COVID-19 Isolation Centres Go on Strike

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On Monday, intensive care doctors working in isolation centres in Libya have announced the suspension of work inside the centres, starting from 1 January.

The doctors blamed the Medical Advisory Committee, and the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord (GNA) for this decision. They claimed that they have not received their financial dues, and have not been provided with the necessary medicines, medical equipment, and needed tests.

On Sunday, the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) reported that the country is close to registering 100,000 cases of COVID-19.

The NCDC’s Director, Dr. Badr Al-Din Al-Najjar, expressed his concern about “the continuing escalation of coronavirus infections across the country.”

Al-Najjar warned that the pandemic “continuing at this pace may put pressure on the health isolation centres to an extent that makes it impossible for them to continue providing medical services.”

“It can be said that the situation has been fairly stable over the past weeks. Now the situation is getting worse, the number of cases is increasing, and there is greater pressure on health isolation centres,” Al-Najjar added.