Filipina women fleeing the violence in Libya enter Tunisia through the southern border crossing at Ras Jedir on August 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / F NASRI
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Libya has warned of a "total collapse" of its health care system as the chaos plaguing the country threatens to send into flight many of the Filipino and Indian staff on whom its hospitals depend.Fighting between rival militias in Tripoli and Benghazi over the past three weeks and have prompted several countries to evacuate their nationals and diplomatic staff. Now, 3,000 health workers from the Philippines, making up 60 percent of Libya's hospital staff, could leave – along with workers from India, who account for another 20 percent.A medical official said the ministry was trying to persuade the Filipinos to stay.Complicating the situation further are the difficulties faced by Libyan staff as they struggle to keep work hours.In Benghazi, two out of three of the city's main hospitals have shut.
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