Health centers..Lebanese’s weapon to face the “medical ordeal”

In Lebanon, a large number of hospitals are threatened with closure due to the insane increase in hospital costs in line with the rise in the dollar price, which has been reflected in the jumps in the cost of medical supplies and services until citizens are no longer state to pay them, in addition to a massive emigration of doctors from the country, which was registered by about 3,000 doctors a year ago, according to official statistics.

To deal with this critical situation, the Lebanese began cutting its visits to private clinics, where the cost of the first visit was £800,000, after it ranged between £50,000 and £100,000 before the crisis in 2019.

Lebanese Health Minister Firas Al-Abyad spoke to “Sky News Arabia” and revealed the serious health consequences of the economic crisis, the most prominent of which was the “significant decrease in the receipt of vaccines against various diseases, for approximately 60 percent, after it was 95 percent.”

However, Al-Abyadh stated that “vaccines are available in health centers affiliated with the ministry, and access is free for Lebanese and non-Lebanese.”

The minister also called on citizens to visit health care centers in several Lebanese regions, in order to receive about 90 medicines for the treatment of chronic diseases for free.

What is the role of these centers?

The director of the National Primary Health Care Program of the Ministry of Health in Lebanon, Randa Hamadeh, called on citizens and residents to register in primary health care centers across Lebanon to obtain the medicines and medical services they provide, such as “The Ministry of Health relies on them to provide basic health care with support.” of the European Union, the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

Hamada confirmed to “Sky News Arabia” that “the centers have different tasks, starting with examining the patient and diagnosing his condition, to giving the appropriate resources, as well as providing periodic examinations for children and basic vaccinations for children.” them.”

She added that “these centers, with their current number of 262 centers, are engaged in the annual periodic surveys of the citizens (sound images and X-rays), and they guarantee high-quality services such as family medicine, pediatric, gynaecology, obstetrics and dentistry, in addition to examinations and X-rays related to basic care that does not require a referral, the patient to the hospital.”

According to the health official, these centers impose a symbolic fee of 5 thousand to 18 thousand pounds for the research, and their services include about 980,000 Lebanese citizens and 36,000 residents, and they provide more than 4 million different services for this.

Hamada continued: “These centers provide non-commercial chronic and non-chronic diseases, such as hypertension, diabetes, arterial diseases, psychiatric and mental diseases, and 100 types of drugs and painkillers that treat other diseases approved by the Ministry of Health, such as such as intestinal diseases, childhood diseases and skin diseases.”

Hamada wanted the citizen “to go to the nearest health care center to register his personal data, then make an examination with the doctor of the center, on the basis of which a file will be opened for the person concerned, and the medicines he needs to obtain them are determined free of charge.”

“People with chronic diseases benefit mainly because they have guaranteed access to their medication and continuous health monitoring, regardless of nationality,” she said.

With regard to childhood vaccinations, she pointed out that “the care centers are providing basic vaccines free of charge through UNICEF, according to World Health Organization specifications and European Union support, for diseases such as polio, rubella and others.”

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