Paediatric Priorities in the Libyan Jamahiriya



K.M. El-Warrad

El Fatah Children’s Hospital, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol. 6, No.2. July 1983:211-216


Major paediatric problems encountered in almost any country are outlined. In Libya, the relatively higher infant mortality rate constitutes a major problem, and is emphasized.
Unlike most developing countries, income per capita is high, and poverty is virtually non-existent, pure malnutrition is hence not a problem.
Paediatric priorities in the Jamahiriya should concentrate on children in the first year of life. These involve health education to encourage more use of existing free medical services, promotion of breast feeding, immunisation, and family planning with special concern about the birth interval. Close cooperation is needed between the obstetric and paediatric profession, and special care Baby Units should be established in all maternity sections. Good medical records are an essential requirement for improving medical care.

Keywords: Paediatric Priorities in the Libyan Jamahiriya