The Minister of Health: 60 hospitals are not responding, and “State Security” has begun to question their directors

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Home: The Minister of Health, Dr. Hamad Hassan, in an interview with Al-Diyar, launched a sharp attack on what the theoreticians called, including politicians, MPs and officials, accusing them of seeking to blind the facts and falsifying data when they accuse the Ministry of Health of neglecting its duties, calling on them to put pressure on hospitals that do not respond to the demands of the Ministry of Health to secure beds Extra intensive care, revealing that the 60 hospitals that do not respond to the ministry can secure 100 intensive care beds.

Hassan said, “Instead of ignoring hospital owners who have beds that they do not declare to occupy later on to one of the well-to-do, who sometimes pays more than 40 million pounds for the intensive care bed, those who accuse us must have the courage to name things as they are.”

Hassan pointed out that the State Security Agency has begun to question the owners and directors of hospitals that do not cooperate with the Ministry of Health and whose data are concealed from them from previous conception and design.

Hassan added that the politicians who attacked the Ministry of Health would not have forgotten the scenes of the recent celebration, and Hassan asked: Is permitting surveillance parties by the tourist police (despite the excesses in some of them) more harmful than home parties, which international reports and studies have proven that they constitute more than 70 % Of injuries? Which was the main reason behind the peak of the severe daily injuries in the Corona epidemic, which the greatest and most developed countries in the health sector cannot treat.

As for the accusations of not using field hospitals presented to Lebanon after the port explosion on August 4 last year to treat Corona epidemic patients, Hassan considered that those dealing with the issue of field hospitals should approach them from a health and medical viewpoint, as there is no possibility of converting them into intensive care rooms and «this What we need now, ”affirming that there are approximately 400“ normal ”beds in hospitals.

The Pfizer vaccine before mid-February

With regard to the vaccines expected to arrive in Lebanon, Hassan reiterated that the ministry has signed two agreements, the first with the COFEX platform, whereby Lebanon will receive two million vaccines for 7 and a half million US dollars, and so far the platform has approved the “Oxford-AstraZeneca” vaccine. As for the second agreement, it is directly with Pfizer, whose signature was delayed due to problems that the company faced in some countries, such as Argentina, regarding the issue of side effects and their complications for some vaccine recipients. Therefore, it stipulated that the Lebanese parliament approve a law protecting companies from the emergency registration of medicines and vaccines before it signed a contract with Lebanon to deliver vaccines. At the request of the company, the Health Representative Committee, together with a medical advisory team from the Ministry of Health, drafted the law, provided that it be approved as soon as possible in the Representative Council. Hassan added that the contract will be signed as soon as the law is issued, with an emphasis on the date of delivery before mid-February.

As for the reason for the Ministry of Health not to buy the Chinese, Russian, or other vaccines, Hassan said that the ministry uses the World Bank loan to buy vaccines, and the bank has general conditions for lending Lebanon in this field, including that the vaccine must be approved by the World Health Organization and the US Food and Drug Administration. FDI », which made it impossible for Lebanon to purchase these aforementioned vaccines.

Hassan added that the Lebanese state is purchasing the vaccine for the benefit of the Lebanese people for the first time in its history, as the task was usually the responsibility of the private sector, stressing that the ministry follows a policy of facilitating registration for companies wishing to bring other vaccines to Lebanon. He was also surprised at the claims of the director of Rizk Hospital about the Ministry’s obstruction of a company to bring in the “Moderna” vaccine, revealing that there was no correspondence with the Ministry of Health in this regard.

Regarding the accusations by some officials of failing to conduct negotiations with other companies, Hassan said that these words are not related to the truth, and that he did not leave a way to communicate with all companies producing vaccines and that he is ready to facilitate the registration of all vaccines that meet the conditions of quality, effectiveness and safety, similar to « Pfizer ». He also revealed, for the first time, across the country, in response to a question we raised in a previous issue, that he had contacted the Russian and Chinese vaccine manufacturers and offered them to participate in Lebanon’s third, or last, clinical trials in exchange for Lebanon’s early access to vaccines, but his messages were not answered by them.

Finally, Hassan revealed that the “Pfizer” vaccine will cover 15% of the Lebanese, while the following vaccines through the “COFEX” platform cover 20%, which makes the total number of Lebanese who receive vaccines as a first stage 35%.

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