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This report was prepared by:
Dr Omar Msalam MD, PhD, FESC, FACCHead of CVD Prevention of the Libyan Cardiac Society
National CVD Prevention Coordinator for Libya
The report was prepared by Dr Omar Msalam with the assistance from Dr Khaled Ayad Ellafi DIM, MSc, MRCP, FESC, FACC, President of Libyan Cardiac Society.
Libya’s health care system has come a long way since 1951, when it started functioning with meagre resources: 14 hospitals (1,600 bed capacity) and a small number of health centres.
Currently health system in Libya is composed of a public and private sector. The public sector is the main health services provider. Health care including preventive, curative and rehabilitation services are provided to all citizens free of charge, at present, almost all levels of health services are decentralized except central hospitals and specialized centres.
The Ministry of Health MOH operates through an administrative and a technical workforce and has an extensive central organizational structure, headed by the Minister of Health.
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Selection of main risk factors:
The complete table of all main risk factors according to the STEPS study in 2009 is available in the full report.
The main actors in CVD prevention in Libya are:
Cardiovascular preventive care in Libya is mainly delivered both by general practice doctors who are employed at primary healthcare (PHC) centres, polyclinics and by cardiologists, who are employed at the state medical services (hospitals, out-patient clinics) as well as in private medical centres or clinics.
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The Libyan Cardiac Society (LCS) is participating with a number of initiatives in the:
Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (CR) unfortunately still is very basic and not well disseminated at present due to insufficient centres and expertise. It is available only in the main cardiac centre and cardiothoracic department and provided by physiotherapist and dietician. There are no complex CR programs or specialised CR centres in the country.
The National Program of prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases should include measures for the implementation of rehabilitation programs. CR is recommended after cardiovascular surgery and after acute myocardial infarction stable coronary artery disease, peripheral arterial disease, heart failure, and arterial hypertension.
The key actions for the next 5 years are:
Libyan Cardiac Society will do all the possible efforts to convert the dream to reality.
Read the full report to find out about the strategy, the need, the plans and the obstacles.
Note: The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology.
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