WHO chief says to offer emergency support for Lebanon

 WHO chief says to offer emergency support for Lebanon

WHO chief says to offer emergency support for Lebanon

BEIRUT, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) — Visiting Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Thursday that the WHO will provide emergency support for Lebanon’s health sector amid the current financial crisis, a statement by Lebanon’s Presidency reported.    

 “There are serious challenges in Lebanon, most notably the lack of medical, fuel and water supplies, affecting the health conditions of the Lebanese people,” Ghebreyesus said following his meeting at Baabda Palace with President Michel Aoun.    

 Ghebreyesus praised Lebanon’s efforts in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic especially when it comes to vaccination. The Middle East country has so far inoculated 30 percent of the population against the virus.    

 “We will provide support to improve the COVID-19 situation in Lebanon and assist with other health issues as well,” he said.    

 For his part, Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun called for increased cooperation between the organization and Lebanon in light of the financial, economic, health and humanitarian crises facing the country.    

 Ghebreyesus, leading a delegation, arrived on Thursday in Lebanon. The delegation is scheduled to visit several health facilities to review the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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