The Libyan Minister of Health, Ali Miftah Al-Zinati announced, on Sunday in Algiers, the holding of meetings, by videoconference, between executives of the Algerian Ministry of Health and their Libyan counterparts, starting next Wednesday, in order to define and strengthen “the framework of cooperation and reactivate the bilateral conventions concluded between the two countries in the health sector during the previous years”.
In a press statement following his talks with the Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, Al-Zinati confirmed, on the occasion of the official visit of the Head of the Libyan National Unity Government, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, to Algeria, that his country ” is well aware that the hand of Algeria, people and government, is extended to Libyans to ensure privileged health services and better coverage for the Libyan people,” adding that ” from next Wednesday, meetings bringing together executives and doctors from the Algerian Ministry of Health with their Libyan counterparts will be held by videoconference to define the nature of this cooperation and its development” as well as to “confirm the re-activation of previous cooperation agreements” signed in the health sector.
The same official pointed out that cooperation between the two countries in the health sector ” will cover many areas already agreed upon “, the most important of which are ” training, exchange of experiences and medical delegations and oncology, especially paediatric “.
After “inquiring about the Algerian experience in oncology and spinal cord transplantation, the Libyan minister expressed his wish to “establish twinning projects between the hospitals of the two countries”.
Benbouzid stated that Algerian-Libyan cooperation is “essential”, since, he said, “the two countries have a common future”, adding that bilateral cooperation in the health sector “covers several points, including the exchange of expertise and delegations and twinning between hospitals”.
Cooperation with Libya in the health sector “will be pursued in particular in the field of oncology and exchange of expertise”, he continued, adding that this cooperation “is a duty to which Algeria is fully committed”.
On Saturday, the head of the Libyan National Unity Government, Abdelhamid Dbeibah, began a two-day official visit to Algeria, heading a large ministerial delegation.