UN provides essential medicines for Libyan women, children

Courtesy: UNICEF

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on Wednesday said it delivered essential medicines to western Libyan cities to benefit 20,000 people including women and children.

UNICEF tweeted that “20,000 persons including women and children will benefit from lifesaving and essential medicines that have been dispatched” to the municipalities of Surman, Sabratha, Alzawya and Zwara.

“The supplies that include vaccines carriers, obstetric kits and cold boxes are essential to ensure that quality primary health and lifesaving maternal, new-born and child health care are strengthened to avoid preventable morbidity and mortality among vulnerable populations,” it said.

UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently said that more than 250,000 children in war-torn Libya face the risk of vaccine-preventable diseases.

Western Libya saw more than a year of violent fightings between the eastern-based army and the UN-backed government, in which hundreds of civilians were killed and injured, and more than 150,000 others displaced.

Amid escalating violence and unrest, hospitals and medical centers in Libya have been struggling to provide proper medical care to the Libyan people.