NCDC: The escalating epidemiological situation in the country is cause for concern

National Center for Disease Control's Director of Department of Vaccinations stated that the country's Covid-19 situation is deteriorating and the numbers are not being reflected accurately

Libya has only received just 1.2 million vaccines thus far. [Photo: NCDC]

According to Abdel Basset Samieu, Director of the Department of Vaccinations, the country’s epidemiological situation is still deteriorating, and the number of individuals infected is not properly represented in the overall number of cases since most people do not get tested or go to hospitals.

He calculated that just 10% of the true numbers are properly represented, and he verified the delivery of 500,000 doses to all vaccination sites in Libya during the last three days.

He also said that Libya is expecting 116,000 AstraZeneca doses and 243,000 Pfizer doses to come next week, with the latter being the very first from the American pharmaceutical company.

In all, nine shipments of vaccinations have been sent to Libya, with a total amount of 1.2 million doses supplied.

The Director of the Department of Vaccinations stated a few days ago that the epidemiological situation in the western region and certain parts of the south remained serious and concerning.

He urged authorities in the eastern area to properly prepare and equip the isolation sections, as well as to supply oxygen and other necessary equipment.

In a similar line, the Government of National Unity said that it would provide 500 million to the Ministry of Health from Chapter Five (Emergency Expenditures) of the yet-to-be-approved 2021 budget. The money will be used on ‘‘the essential requirements to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. ”

Due to an increasingly worrisome epidemiological scenario, Libya’s Government of National Unity ordered a two-week lockdown of the country’s most populous regions from 6 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The views expressed in Op-Ed pieces are those of the author and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of Libyan Express.
How to submit an Op-Ed: Libyan Express accepts opinion articles on a wide range of topics. Submissions may be sent to Please include ‘Op-Ed’ in the subject line.
You might also like

Submit a Correction

For: NCDC: The escalating epidemiological situation in the country is cause for concern

Your suggestion have been successfully submitted

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.

Libyan Express will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.