25 April 2011 – MERCY Malaysia will deploy a second team to Libya tomorrow morning to serve the medical needs in the Al-Beyda General Hospital in the eastern part of Libya.
“Located two hours away by road east of Benghazi, the 600-bed hospital serves a catchment area of approximately 250,000 people which extends from Al Marsh in the east, to Darnah in the west. The hospital has lost many of its expatriate medical staff, and as such our team will be there to make up for some of the shortfall”, said MERCY Malaysia President, Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus.
Led by Mohammad Said Alhudzari, Senior Programme Officer from Relief Operations Department, the team will consist of a logistician as well as three specialised volunteer nurses.
“Upon completion of their three-week assignment, we plan to replace them with another team. As long as the hospital continues to experience this staffing problem, we will try to sustain the services, subject to the availability of funds”, he said, adding that further assessments may be carried out in the cities of Ajdabiya and Misrata should the security situation improve.
The first MERCY Malaysia team to Libya was deployed on April 2, comprising four personnel to assess the conditions in Libya.
They arrived back in Malaysia on Saturday, 16 April 2011.