Minister of Public Health, Jamil Jabak, stressed Monday that despite the country's difficult economic situation, yet austerity can be implemented in all domains except the health sector.
"We have a million and eight hundred thousand citizens who are not covered by any medical provider and who need to be treated at the expense of the Ministry of Health...and the Ministry's hospitals are not enough, so we had to partner with private hospitals," Jabak added.
"The private hospital sector in Lebanon accounts for 80% of the Public Health Ministry's needs to cater to the Lebanese people's medical treatments," he maintained.
Jabak's words came during his patronage of Al-Faqih Hospital opening in the area of Khaizaran during his tour in the Zahrani and Tyre regions today. MPs Mohammad Raad, Michel Moussa, Ali Osseiran and Ali Khreiss, and representatives of MP's Bahiya Hariri and Ossama Saad, and various prominent dignitaries from the region attended the opening.
Jabak expressed his total admiration and support to the new hospital initiative, in terms of its geographical location between Sidon and Tyre and its advanced technological equipment, patient care and operating rooms and radiation departments. "It is our duty to secure the necessary medical treatment for all our children in any area of Lebanon and, God willing, we will get the Parliament's support to ensure our sufficient budget needs," the Minister underlined.
In turn, MP Raad said: "It is the duty of the State to ensure that all its administrations and apparatuses assume their responsibilities towards citizens, especially in the South region who have defended all of Lebanon...We thank the Health Minister for his interest and care for this hospital, following his completed tour among all government hospitals which we must activate and support to enable them to carry out their duties."
On the political and security side, Raad confirmed, "We support the army, the people and the resistance equation. We have great readiness to confront the Israeli and terrorist enemy...We are cooperating today to yield a budget that we hope will ensure a minimum level of fairness for our people and the vulnerable segments of the population."
Following the inauguration of the new hospital in Khaizaran, Minister Jabak paid a visit to the Qana Government Hospital, where he also had a closer look at its various departments and needs, pledging to secure its necessary supplies and placing it among the Ministry's priorities.
Source: National News Agency