Al-Hariri is touching its maximum capacity, and no government hospitals are ready yet


When the Prime Minister’s advisor for medical affairs, Petra Khoury, “yesterday” who resided in Lebanon “announced that we will soon start seeing horrific scenes in our hospitals … and at this pace of injuries, intensive care beds will be filled in mid-August”, she was not urging residents It is necessary not only to be careful, but also because it is well aware of the staggering health and hospital reality – before the surge in injuries – which will not likely continue to record high numbers for another week (yesterday, 168 injuries were recorded: 152 residents and 16 expatriates).In the context, the chairman of the Rafic Hariri Governmental Hospital, Firas Al-Abyad, announced that the hospital is close to reaching its maximum capacity, while receiving all the injured whose cases require hospitalization. This refutes the allegations of “preparedness” of government hospitals in the areas where residents have been promised since last March.
This clearly means that the gravity of the situation should not only be attributed to the failure of expatriate residents and expatriates as promoted by a number of officials, but also to those who were supposed, during the past four months, to prepare to absorb the new epidemiological reality in light of the global expectations that She was referring to the imperative of a second wave of the epidemic.
On March 20, the head of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Assem Araji, announced that 12 government hospitals in the regions would be “ready within days” to receive those infected with the virus. At that time, the committee was considering preparing the remaining government hospitals to make the number 29 government hospitals, in addition to 10 private hospitals as a first stage, “with the possibility of imposing the matter on other hospitals if the need arises.” At that time, the National Operations Room for Disaster Management calculated the number of beds assumed at 1879 beds, 336 intensive care and 215 emergency beds in government hospitals, 9523 beds and 1972 intensive care and 878 emergencies in private hospitals, while the Minister of Public Health Hamad Hassan estimated the number of respirators for Corona patients at about 700.
Four months have passed since these estimates, and the result is that neither of the 12 government hospitals were equipped “within days”, nor did the number of government hospitals supposed to be equipped reach 29, while private hospitals reeling from the economic crisis, are still mostly reluctant to receive non-emergency situations. As for artificial respirators, “news” information indicates that a large part of the equipment that it needs is still missing due to the development of the import crisis for medical supplies. In March, the Medical Supplies Importers Association estimated that 80% of the devices that were available at that time were not functioning. Since then, this reality has not changed.

In the past four months, the Authority has failed to prepare for the second wave of the epidemic

This comes at a time when pressure began to intensify on hospitals, with the number of injured people requiring hospitalization reaching 137 yesterday, 34 of them in critical condition, while four deaths (the largest number of deaths recorded in one day) during the past twenty-four hours, bringing the number of Deaths to 51, “What means that we are on the verge of losing control of the epidemic”, as Al-Abyad tweeted yesterday, pointing out that “we need a breathing period, which allows us to work to correct the path”, and “any action will take two weeks on Less to show results and give effect », pointing out that partial closure requires more time than full closure to slow down the epidemic (…). While Khoury pointed out, “We are in a dangerous stage. Like 19, our community is being hit hard, especially by the young (10-19 years).
Meanwhile, the government is moving to implement the decision of the Preventive Measures Committee to combat the Corona virus, which aims to return to the fourth phase of closure, as it decided to close indoor pools, sports clubs, theaters and cinemas, with an emphasis on the application of strict measures in cafes and wedding centers. This comes as an alternative to the “harder” option of fully closing a specified period, “which is easy to impose for the authorities and does not give any option to the non-compliant public, and will allow the epidemic to remain under control, but the economic consequences will be dire,” White said. According to the committee’s sources, the option of closing the airport is still not yet possible, pending the monitoring of the results during the coming days, while it seems that those concerned are still betting on the fear of the residents, which began to translate with the commitment of many of them to self-isolation.


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