New Libyan minister set for challenge
Published 24/11/2011 | 05:00
A CONSULTANT at an Irish hospital is leaving for Libya this weekend to become the country's new Minister for Health, writes Elaine Keogh.
Dr Fatima Hamroush (53), a mother of four, has been a consultant opthamologist in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda since 2000, and describes Julianstown in Co Meath as her "second home".
But her home country is Libya, which has recently been ravaged by violence and unrest, culminating in the overthrowing of Colonel Gaddafi.
Last night, Dr Hamroush said she is under no illusions about the challenges that lie ahead of her, the main one being corruption, which was rampant.
She said the transitional government "is not going to build the country but is going to set the foundations for the country to be built on".
She was chosen for the post by Libyan prime minister Abdulrahman Keib.