A airplane carrying 20 tonnes of WHO well being provides has landed in Beirut, Lebanon, to help the remedy of sufferers injured by the huge blast that occurred within the metropolis on 4 August. The provides will cowl 1000 trauma interventions and 1000 surgical interventions for folks affected by accidents and burns ensuing from the blast.
The cargo was airlifted from WHO’s logistics hub in Dubai earlier this afternoon utilizing a airplane donated by the Government of the United Arab Emirates, a key WHO accomplice in well being emergency response.
“Our hearts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragic event as we continue our mission to serve all people in Lebanon with life-saving and essential health care services. We are working closely with national health authorities, health partners and hospitals treating the wounded to identify additional needs and ensure immediate support,” mentioned WHO Representative in Lebanon Dr Iman Shankiti.
As a results of the blast, three hospitals in Beirut at the moment are non-functional and a pair of hospitals are partially broken, leaving a important hole in hospital mattress capability. Injured sufferers are being transferred to hospitals throughout the nation, so far as south Saida and north Tripoli, and plenty of services are overwhelmed. WHO will distribute the provides to precedence hospitals throughout Lebanon receiving and treating injured sufferers.
This newest emergency comes within the context of latest civil unrest, a serious financial disaster, COVID-19 outbreak and heavy refugee burden. The legendary resilience of the Lebanese folks has not often been so severely examined. Ensuring that there’s continuity of the response to COVID-19 – together with focusing on essentially the most weak for help – is a precedence for each the Ministry of Public Health and WHO.
“With the emergence of new challenges due to the latest devastating event, the United Nations in Lebanon and partners have been mobilized to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the Lebanese people in support of the Government’s response to this tragedy. We are in this together, and we are committed to supporting Lebanon in this very difficult time,” mentioned Dr Najat Rochdi, UN Resident Coordinator in Lebanon.