Canadian Firms Enter Libyan Healthcare Market

Libya's Ministry of Heath has signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) with two Canadian healthcare organisations: the University Health Network (UHN) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The MOU signed by Dr Nizar Mahomed of Toronto Western Hospital, part of the UHN, and Managing Director of Altum Health, covers training for Libyan doctors, nurses and paramedics as well setting up research facilities, healthcare provisions and the establishment of a cancer centre, reports Libya Herald.

The agreement signed with the Royal College aims at building an medical college in Tripoli and, later, four of five similar facilities elsewhere in Libya.

Dr Karim Qayumi, who signed for the Royal College, said:

These will be state-of-the-art, technologically advanced centres ... They will bring Libyan medical students to international levels.”

Libya reportedly felt very comfortable working with Canadian healthcare organisations because of the foundations laid during and after the revolution; Libyan doctors in Canada – there are around 500 – returned to treat the wounded and afterwards, through the Libyan-Canadian Medical Association, drove the scheme whereby Libyan war-wounded were taken to Canada for treatment.

(Source: Libya Herald)

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