Private Hospitals Sound Alarm over Shortage in Medical Supplies


Owners and employees of private hospitals in protest-wragged Lebanon staged a warning strike on Friday over shortage in medical supplies triggered by dollar shortage.

The Syndicate of private hospital owners called for the strike. They stopped all medical and health services except for emergencies, raising the slogan "We are on the last breath."

Association of Private Hospitals, President Suleiman Haroun, told MTV: “ We are sounding the alarm in hospitals because suppliers have stopped delivering medical supplies because of the failure to pay dues.”

Haroun explained: “We can not go on strike like other sectors do, we just sound the alarm. The maximum we do is receive patients, but we won't be able to provide the appropriate treatment for them.”

For two decades until several weeks ago, the Lebanese dollar has been pegged to the greenback, and both currencies were used interchangeably in daily life.

But banks have gradually been reducing access to dollars since the end of the summer.

Haroun had earlier warned in a statement that medical "stocks in the country will not last more than a month,” requesting banks to facilitate money transfers in US dollars for importers of medical supplies.

He also called on the state to pay pending bills to hospitals and doctors working under the health ministry.

Comments 4
Thumb Geralt 15 November 2019, 12:35

No one of the political class cares about what you do guys. They have their private doctors and medication stashes and if, for the last 30 years they didn't really give two pence on how the sector is doing, do you truly believe they will do now?

Thumb s.o.s 15 November 2019, 13:36

This is the greek scenario, people have to bring their ow medicine bandages at the hospitals... but it can quickly become the Venezuelan scenario where patients go to Colombia to buy their medicine and bandages.

Thumb canadianleb 15 November 2019, 15:17

I am sure the politicians will give you the expired medicines they have hidden for this moment and I am sure they will give it to you at the best price possible.

Thumb s.o.s 15 November 2019, 16:07

Is it Fneish or Raad’s brother who makes counterfeit medicine and doesn’t get arrested for it?

Either way, I’m sure he’s still in business.