“Unimaginable Horrors” in Libya’s Migrant Detention Centers | Inter Press Service

Poor sanitation has led to deteriorating health conditions inside the detention centers, causing multiple disease outbreaks.The medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has called the situation “a disaster,” noting that hundreds of detained migrants use “four barely functioning toilets, no shower and only sporadic access to water” in a visit to Zintan detention center.Dr. Hussein Hassan, emergency coordinator from the World Health Organization (WHO) Libya office, told IPS: “TB with other respiratory infections, HIV and skin diseases are some of the conditions that migrants in more than 34 centers are suffering from.”Although a TB screening campaign was done in January, those tested positive for TB were kept in the same room with the rest. According to Dr. Hassan, 16 migrants contracted with TB are in worse condition due to interruptions in medical treatment and lack of proper referral system.

Source: “Unimaginable Horrors” in Libya’s Migrant Detention Centers | Inter Press Service

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