India’s humanitarian assistance to Libya
The Government of India’s humanitarian assistance consisting of life saving medicines and medical equipment worth US$ 1 million (approximate) was handed over to the National Transitional Council of Libya, in Tripoli, on January 30, 2012 by Shri Rajeev Shahare, Joint Secretary (West Asia & North Africa) in the Ministry of External Affairs.
The National Transitional Council had earlier in Benghazi provided a list of life savings drugs to the Government of India and these medicines were selected as per the requirements of Libya.
It may be mentioned that Government of India had provided assistance worth US$ 1 million in cash earlier to the National Transitional Council through the United Nation’s Office of Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid in New York. The Government of India has been supportive of the people of Libya and has interacted with the National Transitional Council in London, Istanbul and Paris meeting including in the United Nations.
The interim Government of National Transitional Council has been considering sending injured Libyan nationals for their medical treatment to India. Indian authorities welcome this and are looking forward to receive injured Libyan patients in India. In this regard a Libyan delegation has already visited India in December 2011 to tie up treatment of injured Libyan patients in reputed hospitals.
The Government of India is also arranging to send a team of ‘Jaipur Foot’ to Tripoli. The team would be providing prostheses (artificial limbs) to the injured Libyans and would set up a centre in Libya and provide readymade artificial limbs to injured Libyan patients.