Speaking from the capital, Beirut, on the finish of a two-day go to to the beleaguered Mediterranean nation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus described discovering shortages of “basic and essential medicines”.
Although the WHO has accomplished what it can to fill gaps in healthcare there for the final 15 years, the WHO Director-General mentioned that the scenario had turn out to be “very dire” and that worldwide help was wanted instantly.
“It’s not just COVID, almost all services are being affected,” he mentioned. “We visited two hospitals today… they told us that you know, they had, patients, cancer patients or other patients, but a shortage of medicines and those who cannot afford not having access to, they can’t have medicine, so meaning other services are being disrupted, and this is life, life, life and death.”
Lebanon’s unprecedented political and financial disaster has been made worse by the COVID pandemic and final August’s port explosion.
Fuel and energy shortages
Tedros mentioned that when he went to satisfy high Government officers, a energy reduce interrupted their encounter.
Similar gas shortages have left hospitals performing at 50 per cent capability, the WHO Director-General mentioned, including that he had agreed to ship a crew of well being specialists to Lebanon to supply technical help as quickly as doable.
The UN well being company has additionally supplied “Band-Aid” help to the nation’s medical sector, Tedros added.
This contains the buy of important medicines for 450,000 sufferers with acute and continual circumstances final yr and this yr.
But Dr Iman Shankiti, WHO Representative in Lebanon, informed journalists that the caseload is now growing and that demand is rising for medicines to deal with most cancers, dialysis and emergency sufferers.
“At one point in time we were able to support 2,000 cancer paediatric cases and we were able to support 17,000 persons with catastrophic medications, but this is not enough,” she mentioned. “I cannot say that we have filled the gap, we have closed the shortage. The needs are huge….It needs a whole-of-Government approach (to solving the shortages)”.