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Response To Shishank 03

I read your response about my personal view under the title of "Where We Are As Medical Doctors". I thank you for your honesty and clear message and PR exercise.
You mixed things together in your response. This is a personal view has nothing to do with LDS from closer look or far away. LDS has it is on views and this should be expressed through the LDS council and I am not saying this is LDS or it is council view.

The work done by many of us in Libya is very little compare what colleagues doing in Libya with very crumbled, and limited health services in sources and organisation. I meant by this personal view by answering many of colleagues who attacked me personally recently that I am working with Libyan government and working for them as well as trying to promote LDS. Unfortunately some even went further and accused me many things which not to mention.
This article is a personal view about many ideas and many suggestions and as a response to recent e-mails I received from many peoples either in medical field or public. I go there and as many as 15 Libyan consultants in different specialities to conduct Advance trauma course and train 24 Libyan young doctors in emergency and trauma. The course is three days course with exams at the end similar to other resuscitation courses. It is conducted by Libyan ATLS instructors and it has it is own material. The first one done in Tripoli, second in ElBeida and third in Sirt. The fourth will be in Sebaha, then Musrata, then Benghazi, Zawia and then Gharrian. Till now a total of 72 Libyan doctors attended this course and all passed. At least each of us will see 10-15 patients for consultation and some carry out procedures.

During our last visit to Sirt we suffered a lot and we travelled by road without air conditioned cars and in Late July and above of that we had very successful ATS course and many teaching for medical students and every one very pleased with the outcome. For these visits, any doctors can approach us and the director and coodirtector of the course will decide where to go. On the same time there will be other 5 specialist (consultant) in different fields will accompanied us and will do clinics, see patients, some surgery , lectures to staff and medical students.
This is the real work and it does not matter who support or organise these from Libya and we are grateful to all of them. Libyan patients, young Libyan doctors who are benefited from these visits. Many people travelled as far as Zawia, Benghazi or Sebaha to see one of us for a consultation while we are there. It happens that I am the organiser for these trips and I was nominated by the group and I did not impose myself on them. I usually contact 20-25 colleagues before we start and ask there willingness to support these visits and out of 20, 15-17 will say yes and then I start organise the programme. I feel these things is productive and specially the ATS course and every one feel he is doing some thing and all of us feel it is the start and many will join us.
I am still very optimistic that we can help colleagues in Libya even the organisation still problem as well as the communication is poor but with determination and hard work every thing can be done. Wining the trust of the local colleagues is very important as you stated and work with them is very important as well. Taking there permission is vital and with guidance and enthusiasm many things can be done.
I can repeat that LDS has nothing to do with all my activities in Libya and never done these things under the name of LDS. LDS was created fore Libyan doctors as a society to gather them under one group as many other ethnic groups in Europe or America. LDS in these days concentrating building itself with new council members and new vision and mission, may be the trust by others will grow even more than what you expected.

It is again a personal view and not against any person or group and I welcome any feedback or suggestion.

Dr Nagi Barakat
UK


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