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Dr. Mohamed Ben-Hamza

Dr. Mohamed Ben-Hamza

I came across an article regarding one of the Libyans who contributed to development of our beloved Libya, Dr. Mohamed Ben-Hamza who died abroad on May 22, 2001, May Allah bless his soul. Dr. Ben-Hamza was one of few Libyan early Ophthalmologist, alongside Drs. Alagalhoud, Ben-Amer and Al-Aroud.

He was a very kind and dedicated physician, working in silence, and he helped a lot of Libyans to regain their sight. He left Libya with many of his colleagues and students alike when darkness replaced the light and libyans lost sight of their future in the darkest days of Libyan history.

Mohamed Suleiman Hamza, Born in Tripoli, Libya, in 1942; qulified from Bristol Medical school, England, in 1969: FRCS Ed. he died from lung cancer. He was Consultant Opthalmic Surgeon King Edward VII Hospital.

Dr. Ben-Hamza joined the department of ophthalmology, University of Tripoli, Libya, in 1977 and later was appointed head of the department and associate professor. The British Medical Journal in the January 19th issue stated that "he developed an outstanding undergraduate training programme, recognised as one of the best in Africa". Dr. Ben-Hamza, also initiated a postgraduate training programme with local and visiting lecturers. He left Libya in 1981 and began practicing in Bermuda in 1982.

Saleh Mansour


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