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Accusations of Wasting Funds Allotted to Fight the Pandemic in East Libya

Accusations of Wasting Funds Allotted to Fight the Pandemic in East Libya

Thursday, 1 October, 2020 - 07:45
Medical team wearing protective suits walk to a clinic, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Misrata, Libya May 29, 2020. REUTERS/Ayman Al-Sahili/File Photo

The European Union delegation in Libya has organized a training for doctors in Tripoli to fight the COVID-19 disease amid accusations of wasting funds allotted for confronting the pandemic in eastern Libya.

Health workers are on the frontlines of the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic, said the delegation.

“Fifty medical professionals in two primary health care centers in Tripoli have now received training on case management and COVID-19 prevention protocols,” according to the delegation.

“The training for Libyan doctors, nurses and health center staff has been organized by the International Medical Corps’ (IMC) in collaboration with the Libyan Ministry of Health, the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) and funded by the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF),” it said.

The number of coronavirus infections and deaths have continued to rise in Libya.

Deaths exceeded 551 while infection cases reached around 34,525 despite the improvement of the recovery rate.

Meanwhile, the Ras Lanuf Oil and Gas Processing Company (Rasco) extended the suspension of operations in its administrations and offices until Oct. 10 despite some exceptions.

In the same context, local authorities in eastern Libya exchanged accusations of “wasting funds” allocated for confronting the pandemic in regions falling under the control of the government linked to the parliament.

Governor of the Central Bank of Libya in Al-Bayda Ali Al-Hibri said that he agreed to allocate LYD300 million for the interim government but only LYD284 million was spent in 10 days.

Hibri said that “there is no transparency in dealing with the pandemic.”

Early this week, speaker of the east-based Libyan parliament Aguila Saleh decided to form a committee to investigate the management of funds.

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