Posted on: Friday, July 23, 2021 – 5:41 PM | Last update: Friday, July 23, 2021 – 5:41 PM
Suleiman Haroun, head of the Syndicate of Private Hospitals, told dpa that most hospitals across the country are running out of fuel and some have only enough supplies for a few days at most.
He stressed that some small hospitals have already stopped receiving any new patients.
Haroun added that they are struggling in the health sector to obtain fuel to run generators for about 20 hours, but they are working with the relevant authorities to secure a quantity of fuel in order for the health sector to be safe and to avoid a disaster.
It is noteworthy that Lebanon is witnessing a severe economic and financial crisis that led to an increase in the exchange rate of the dollar to reach 17,700 Lebanese pounds.
Because of the financial and economic crisis, the purchasing power of citizens has declined, in addition to the decline in the ability of the Banque du Liban to meet the government’s decision to support medicines and basic materials listed on the support regulations, which led to a decrease in the stock of fuel, medicines and infant formula in pharmacies, the loss of some medicines, a decline in the stock of medical supplies in hospitals, and the loss of Subsidized food.
On the other hand, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned today, Friday, that severe power cuts and economic problems in Lebanon may lead to the suspension of water pumping throughout the country, in the next four to six weeks.
“More than four million people, including one million refugees, face immediate risks of not having access to safe water in Lebanon,” UNICEF said in a statement.
And the UNICEF statement continued, “More than 71% of people fall into the categories of people most in need of assistance and care.”