Meeting of the Union of Importers of Medical Devices and Supplies with the President of the World Health Organization: These are the solutions that the sector is demanding to ensure its continuity


A statement issued by the Syndicate of Importers of Medical Equipment and Supplies

Syndicate meeting with the head of the World Health Organization

Mrs. Salma Saba Asi, the captain of importers of medical devices and supplies, attended a meeting with the President of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, in the presence of Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Dr. Iman Al-Shanqiti and Dr. Rana Hajja.

The meeting aimed to listen to the problems that private companies suffer from in the health sector, explain their vision for getting out of the current crisis, and follow up on their pivotal role in the hospital sector. It was attended by representatives of the Beirut Physicians Syndicate, the Syndicate of Private Hospitals and the Syndicate of Nurses.

The captain explained the many flaws in the decisions of the Ministry of Health and the Banque du Liban to support medical supplies, detailing the problems that companies importing medical devices and supplies face with the Central Bank, which was late in implementing the files for more than six months, in addition to its rejection of many files and the failure to address any request for support since Date of May 7, 2021.

Finally, the captain presented the solutions demanded by the private sector to ensure its continuity and mitigate the severity of the crisis, which is first, giving the central bank a clear and quick answer about the date on which it will pay the value of all suspended files related to medical supplies that were sold at the subsidized price. Also, give an explicit answer as to whether prior consent will be granted or not. Secondly, the Ministry of Health issued a decision allowing companies to import unsubsidized goods and secure them for the local market, provided that the Ministry defines a support mechanism to help patients who really need it.

For his part, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus expressed his understanding of the companies’ position and welcomed the efforts of the private sector in Lebanon, promising that the organization would form specialized committees to study all these problems, and would work with the concerned authorities to solve them.

It is worth noting that the Syndicate of Importers of Medical Devices and Supplies had written to the World Health Organization in Lebanon, asking them to intervene to avoid a complete halt to the import of medical devices and supplies, which would lead to an unprecedented and dangerous escalation of the current crisis.

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