The European Union ensures critical healthcare in time of crisis and supports Rafik Hariri University Hospital

August 31, 2020
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European Union Ambassador to Lebanon Ralph Tarraf and UNHCR Representative in Lebanon Mireille Girard visited Rafik Hariri University Hospital on 28 August. They met with the hospital director Doctor Firas Abiad and the medical staff, who are relentlessly working to ensure the continuity of critical healthcare, including during this time of crisis, for all people in need.

Beirut’s Rafik Hariri University Hospital has been at the forefront of both the COVID-19 and the port explosion response, after other hospitals in the capital had been heavily damaged. On August 12, in the aftermath of the blast, the European Union signed an agreement to provide EUR 3.6 million in emergency support to Lebanon’s public health system through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The assistance made it possible to rehabilitate a ward at the Rafik Hariri University Hospital catering for 72 patients.

The European Union funded the full rehabilitation works and part of the medical equipment, increasing the hospital’s capacity to cater for an additional 36 patients at regular wards, as well as additional 5 intensive care unit (ICU) patients. This new support is extended to six hospitals across Lebanon that are treating a significantly higher number of COVID-19 patients.

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