By Aydogan Kalabalik
MISRATA, Libya (AA) - The first Libyan Turkish hospital was inaugurated Monday in Libya's northwestern city of Misrata.
Turkish physicians will mainly work at Libyan Turkish Hospital, which was put into service under the leadership of Turkish conglomerate Karanfil Group operating in Libya.
Murtaza Karanfil, chairman of the Istanbul-based Karanfil Group, told Anadolu Agency that the hospital will provide medical services to thousands of Libyans.
"Today, we are happy to inaugurate the first Libyan Turkish Hospital in brotherly and friendly country Libya,” Karanfil said, adding that Libya's health infrastructure will be entrusted to Turkish doctors and administrators.
Emre Aktepe, a specialist in infectious diseases and clinical microbiology, said Libyans helped them a lot in the establishment of the hospital.
“We came to Libya with a group of 14 physicians. Our nurses are also from Türkiye. We also have very valuable doctors and nurses from Libya and Tunisia,” he added.
Sevim Kara, the head of the nursing services, said they will provide very good service with her nurse friends, who are specialized in every field.
“Patients will be able to do all their procedures easily from their mobile phones. We brought a system that does not exist in Libya to this country through Libyan Turkish Hospital,” said Mucahit Ekinci, a specialist in hospital information management systems.
The 120-bed hospital has 13 polyclinics, four operating rooms, nine emergency beds, and a fully equipped ambulance service, as well as general, cardiovascular, neonatal and coronary intensive care units.
In the first phase, the hospital will offer services including cardiovascular surgery, cardiology, orthopedics, traumatology, neurosurgery, general surgery, obstetrics, internal medicine, pediatric health and diseases, infectious diseases, anesthesia and reanimation, otolaryngology, radiology, nutrition and diet, and emergency and ambulance facilities.
Other departments such as urology, dermatology and cosmetology, plastic surgery, and pediatric surgery will be opened in the second phase.
*Writing by Gozde Bayar