Healthcare Emergency

The economic downturn has had a severe effect on the healthcare industry. Medicines and medical supplies, the majority of which are imported, are in limited supply, resulting in multiple deaths due to pharmaceutical shortages and endangering the lives of individuals suffering from illnesses such as cancer. Fuel and energy shortages in the country have driven hospitals to the brink of “imminent calamity,” with hospitals permanently shutting or warning that they would be forced to close, endangering the lives of hundreds. The value of nurses’ and physicians’ pay has drastically plummeted, causing a mass departure that has placed a significant pressure on the surviving personnel. The Covid-19 epidemic put further burden on an already stressed healthcare system. Lebanon’s rulers have demonstrated callous disdain. H. Lebanese authorities have demonstrated callous disdain for the safety of healthcare personnel on the front lines of the epidemic. Despite the immense constraints on hospitals, the government is failing to pay billions of dollars owed to them. A countrywide vaccination effort was launched in mid-February, and as of November 15, around 30% of the population had been immunized against Covid-19. However, the government’s approach runs the danger of leaving out underprivileged people, such as refugees and migrant workers.

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