When expertise is not enough…
“The Pharmacy and Medical Supply department is one of the most important departments in the hospital,” says Dr. Shawesh. “We are the ones who provide medical supplies, whether they are medicines, supplies or equipment for the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel to use,” he adds. “These things must always be ready and available to them. Even under difficult conditions and at times of scarcity, our team, headed by Dr. Asma, always finds a way to provide what is needed," he concludes.
During the past years, the lack of resources to maintain the drug storage area of Jalaa Hospital resulted in severe damage; ceilings and floors were destroyed, and the ventilation system ruined.
“To store medicines, we must follow certain protocols and take precautions,” says Dr. Elghoudi. “The environment must be clean and have good ventilation. The place should be wide to facilitate movement and the classification process. There should be designated places for specific materials such as expired medications, which need to be stored in a special place,” she continues. “Unfortunately, we lacked all of these," Dr. Elghoudi says.
“It was a challenge to work on that place! The smell and the moisture were very unpleasant, many employees could not handle it and they quit the job,” explains Dr. Shawesh.
“There were many attempts to fix the place, but none of them worked out in the end. I thought about quitting because the environment of the workspace was not healthy at all. I was constantly exposed to the risk of contracting respiratory diseases,” says Dr. Elghoudi.
… the willingness appears
Despite the difficult circumstances, Dr. Asma Ali Elghoudi and her team remained fully committed to providing the best service to the patients at Jalaa hospital. Their eagerness to help those who needed the most is what gives them the energy and inspires them to keep going.
“We are always ready to perform our work at the highest level, even in time of rest and sleep, we are ready to work,” says Dr. Shawesh.
Led by National and Local institutions with support of 13 international partners and the Government of Libya, The Stabilization Facility for Libya (SFL), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has renovated the warehouses and facilities of the Medical Supplies and Equipment Section of Jalaa Maternity Hospital in Tripoli.
The rehabilitation included the maintenance of the main store, repairing the roofs, the floors and the façade, painting the entire space, treating the moisture and leakage problems, installing special doors to keep the medicines cool, and windows that provide good lighting and ventilation.