Lebanon hospitals could soon close all Covid-19 wards as cases shrink, syndicate head says

Lebanon hospitals could soon close all Covid-19 wards as cases shrink, syndicate head says
Lebanon's economically struggling hospitals could close all coronavirus units soon as official records show cases at almost zero.
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22 September, 2022
Lebanon's hospitals have been hard hit by the country's financial crisis [Getty]

The head of a medical syndicate in Lebanon expected all hospitals in the country to close their Covid-19 wards soon after a sharp decline in cases and hospital admissions.

Suleiman Haroun, who heads the Syndicate of Private Hospital Owners in Lebanon, said the percentage of coronavirus infections has decreased significantly, while most cases do not require hospital attention due to minor symptoms.

"Most hospitals have already closed their coronavirus wards, and those infected with the virus are isolating themselves at home, therefore the infection rate today is no longer dangerous as before," he said.

He added that the vaccination rollout has also contributed to the drop in numbers, even though less than half of the population has been fully vaccinated.

On Wednesday, a Health Ministry report said 14 deaths had been recorded in the past week in the country of around six million.

Only eight percent of ICU beds are occupied, according to the report.

The closure of these Covid wards could reduce costs, bringing relief to a healthcare sector battered by Lebanon’s unprecedented financial crisis.

Dozens of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in May rallied outside the Central Bank in Beirut after declaring a two-day general strike over unpaid wages and other economic concerns.

Lebanon has long prided itself on its healthcare sector, with hospitals there considered to be among the best in the region.