New ambulances boost emergency services in Ubari

ambulance Obari Ali 1Abou Youssef Abd Nabi, ambulance driver at the Ubari General Hospital putting a patient in the ambulance. Photo: ©UNDP/Ali Alshareef

“One of the new ambulances saved the life of my nephew who was in a critical condition after he was shot in the leg a few weeks ago,” said Mohamed Hassen, a resident of Ubari.

The medical services required to attend Mohamed’s nephew were not available at Ubari General Hospital. Mohamed needed desperately to take his nephew to Sebha Hospital but he did not have a car. The hospital in Ubari arranged the transportation to Sebha Hospital with one of the ambulances provided by the Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL).

Highlights

  • Led by the Government of National Accord (GNA) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Stabilization Facility for Libya is an immediate stabilization initiative which provides quick rehabilitation of critical infrastructure and delivery of equipment to support local authorities to improve its services to their citizens.
  • The Facility provided the General Hospital of Ubari with two modern and well-equipped ambulances.
  • The ambulances provided by SFL transported in one month 90 patients from Ubari, Ghrifa and Bent Baya to Sebha, Murzuq, Ghat and Tripoli.

The Facility, led by the Government of National Accord and implemented by UNDP provided the General Hospital of Ubari with two modern and well-equipped ambulances.

“The new ambulances have everything to response to a medical emergency. In the past, we were unable to save the lives of many people who needed urgent treatment,” said Abou Youssef Abd Nabi, an ambulance driver at the Ubari General Hospital. Most of those cases were transferred to other cities such as Sebha, Misrata or Tripoli, and several patients died on the way because the ambulances were unequipped.”

He, like many other ambulance drivers in Ubari, works on his own without support from paramedics or emergency medical technicians. “In Ubari the driver of an ambulance needs to operate the car and take care of the patients,” Abou Youssef pointed out. 

ambulance Obari ali 3 - CopyA patient inside one of the new ambulances provided by SFL. Photo: ©UNDP/Ali Alshareef

 “One month ago, I was driving a pregnant woman from Ghat (350 Km away from Ubari) to Sebha Hospital and I had to stop in a small village and look for a doctor to help her give birth,” explained the driver. “Thanks to the equipment that the new ambulance has, the lady and her child are now alive”.

The ambulances provided by SFL transported in one month 90 patients from Ubari, Ghrifa and Bent Baya to Sebha, Murzuq, Ghat and Tripoli.

“We are grateful to the Facility for helping the people in Ubari. These ambulances have helped us a lot. People in Ubari do not need to use their own cars to transfer patients to the hospital,” concluded Suleiman Alwa, the director of the General Hospital of Ubari.

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