The Minister of Public Health in the caretaker government, Dr. Hamad Hassan, chaired a meeting, at the Ministry of Public Health, to develop a rapid response plan for prisons in Lebanon, after recording Coronavirus infections among prisoners, in cooperation between the Ministry and its partners in the health and humanitarian field.
The plan has included expectations and possibilities so that it is developed in an incremental and rapid manner when the need calls for more health and hospitalization.
The meeting was attended by the head of the Roumieh Medical Center, Brigadier General Ibrahim Hanna, the commander of the Central Prisons Company, Colonel Prince Majed Ayoubi, and representatives of the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Lebanese Red Cross, the High Commissioner for Refugees, the UNHCR, the Doctors Without Borders and the Banking Association, in addition to officials concerned with the prison and hospitalization file. From the Corona epidemic in the Ministry of Public Health.
Minister Hassan said, “The meeting comes under one heading, which is to support prisoners healthily, psychologically and logistically. The prisoner is a citizen who enjoys all his rights, and he must have public health, medical, legal, justice and judicial support in order to reduce overcrowding and take measures to help reduce the risk of the spread of the epidemic among prisoners. In this regard, I wish the relevant authorities to take bold decisions at this sensitive stage of the spread of the epidemic in the country. ”
He added, “The meeting agreed to cooperate to secure the necessary medical coverage and health care for all prisoners, as part of an emergency plan drawn up by the medical prison administration to secure isolation for mild and moderate cases. As for cases that show advanced symptoms, they will be evacuated in preparation for isolation in the many available hospital centers or their owners being admitted to rooms. And intensive care departments in hospitals. ”
The Minister of Public Health stressed that “the right of prisoners is equal to the right of any free citizen.” He said: “The time factor is important to us, and the progressive registration of injuries necessitates the interaction of all concerned parties and speeding up the steps without rushing.”