Libyan patients to be treated in Portugal

Hundreds of Libyan patients will be receiving medical treatment in Portugal as part of an agreement between the two countries that will also see Libyan health specialists being trained at Portuguese hospitals.

The vice-president of the Portuguese-Libyan Association (ALL), Luís Cabrita, told Lusa news agency that the first patients are expected to arrive before the end of this year and that they will be treated in private and public health units.

Patients will range from individuals who require diagnosis, surgery or general treatments to those with war wounds.

Libyan health workers, such as doctors and nurses, will also receive training in Portugal and a team of Portuguese and Libyan doctors will be created to practice in the Northern African country.

Anaesthesiology will be one of the main focuses of the project due to its scarcity in that country.

The agreement was signed after a three-day visit to Portugal by members of the Libyan health ministry who visited the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon, private hospitals and the Champalimaud Foundation.