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Lebanon allocates additional funds to secure cancer drugs


Lebanon allocates additional funds to secure cancer drugs

Beirut, Aug 19 (Prensa Latina) The acting government of Lebanon increased the funds destined to procure medicines for incurable diseases and cancer amid the impact of the current economic and financial crisis.
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According to the Twitter account of the Council of Ministers, the head of the interim cabinet, Najib Miqati, and the head of Public Health, Firas Al-Abyad, agreed to increase the funds for the next three months for the treatment of chronic conditions and thus alleviate the suffering of citizens.

The ministers discussed the plans to automate the medicine distribution process in order to achieve greater control and reduce any corruption, theft or misuse.

The Parliament addressed the issue of hospitalization and approved the budgetary reserves destined to minimize grief for the patients when accessing hospitals and clinics resulting from the dollarization in the sector and lack of coverage of an illness by the medical insurance.

Regarding medical supplies for dialysis patients, Dr. Al-Abyad confirmed the arrival of supplies earlier this week and the arrival of another shipment in the following days.

Nearly two million people throughout Lebanon demand humane health services, a 43 percent increase since August 2021, according to reports from specialized United Nations institutions.

UN agencies stated that these growing needs are driven by the inability to access health care, including the unavailability and unaffordability of medicines, the vertiginous increase in hospitalization costs, and overloaded primary health care facilities.


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