Navigation Links
Lebanon Fears of Epidemics as the Crisis Deepens

The plight of hundreds of thousands displaced by the Israel-Hezbollah conflict is getting worse as Lebanon heads towards severe shortages of fuel// and drinking water amid fears of epidemic outbreaks.

"We are now faced with a major setback - and with the fuel problems increasing, we are soon moving towards a de-facto blockade of the country," said a spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees office.

Israel's bombing of all the roads north of Beirut used by UN agencies as major supply routes arriving via Syria mean that "we will be faced with empty warehouses soon, and we will be unable to deliver goods to the people in need", said Astrid van Genderenstort.

The Lebanese government's Higher Relief Committee estimates some 800,000 people are now displaced, 130,000 living in public shelters since the Israeli onslaught began July 12.

"Our teams report they are finding people in communal shelters or even construction sites with almost no facilities. They note an overall lack of food, health care. More supplies are needed and more help is a must," van Genderenstort said.

A statement by the UNHCR warned that the funds it was receiving were not enough to help all the displaced so far.

"We asked for $18.9 million for an initial three-month period, but so far we have received only $4.65 million in confirmed donations," an appeal by the UNCHR said.

Paul Sherlock, senior advisor for emergencies on water and sanitary in UNICEF, said: "We fear epidemics, especially in southern Lebanon where, besides the fuel shortage, there's a drinking water problem. The situation is getting desperate.

"People in southern Lebanon have been staying in shelters for so long without water and electricity, and we have reports that some are drinking water from dirty rivers - even children," he added.

"We fear we will soon be faced by epidemics like cholera. There is a serious problem b ecause we are also unable to reach such areas."

UN spokesman in Lebanon Khaled Mansour also expressed concern that the lack of fuel "will bring the country to a halt very soon".

Israel, which has been blockading main ports, has refused to allow the shipment of much needed-fuel, particularly for power plants.

"Fuel is extremely important to hospitals as you know. If there is no fuel, nothing works - refrigerators or water pumps," Mansour said.

Health Minister Mohammed Khalifeh warned that some hospitals across Lebanon faced imminent closure if the fuel crisis continued. Hospitals across Beirut were already cutting power intake in order to save fuel, and patients are being kept with no air conditioning.

"We are really trying to save on power, as we fear that in one week we might close," said a doctor at the Lebanese governmental hospital. "Our problem will be with people suffering serious sickness like kidney failures and cancer.

"Till today we have been managing. But our hospitals in southern Lebanon and in the capital will not last if fuel is not brought in the coming 24 hours," he said.

(Source: IANS)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. A National Survey Revealed That Mental Disorders Are Common In Lebanon
2. WHO to Assist Local Health Services in Lebanon
3. Health Care Waiting Period Waived for Evacuees from Lebanon in Ontario
4. Australia coughs up $15m to resurrect Lebanon
5. Jaipur Foot Takes Off for Lebanon
6. Loans for Cosmetic Surgery in Lebanon
7. Easing Fears Among Asthmatics
8. Polio Fears Raised In Canada
9. UN Fears Earthquake Victims Could Turn To Drugs
10. UN Fears Melting Of Ice Would Concentrate Toxins in the Chinese Water Supply
11. Bird Flu Fears Recede As Migratory Birds Leave
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/24/2017)... ... , ... Only two months after the official release of The Private Collection ... XO Private has initiated a second print-run of its lavish luxury travel coffee table ... when open, weighs in at more than six kilos, retails at EUR 1,000 per ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 24, 2017 , ... In the ... to be a top priority because it’s not if you will be attacked, but ... especially when it comes to digital health care. , Improvements in auditing and monitoring ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... ... The California State University Institute for Palliative Care is pleased ... palliative care education and research. The Symposium, “Innovate. Investigate. Educate: Advancing Academic Palliative ... Sept. 28 and 29, 2017, on the campus of California State University San Marcos. ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... ... February 24, 2017 , ... Rosica Communications, a national ... , media relations, social media, content marketing and SEO, is now offering direct, ... an intuitive marketing automation platform. , Rosica will now offer the platform to ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... , ... February 23, 2017 , ... The 89th Academy ... winner of the 2016 National Education Policy Center Bunkum Award. We invite you to ... 2016. , This year’s Bunkum winner is the Center for American Progress (CAP), for ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017 Juan ... & Associates PC , a boutique securities firm headquartered ... York City , announces that a class action ... Massachusetts  against Inotek Pharmaceuticals Corporation (NASDAQ: ... the Company,s securities between July 23, 2015 and December 30, ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 23, 2017  Directors from Pharma To Market Pty ... have joined forces, resulting in the founding of Pharma To Market ... Pharma To Market are pleased to announce their expansion into ... Singapore . The company are delighted to appoint ... of the Singapore based entity. Joelle brings ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  Xynomic Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ... announced that it has acquired exclusive worldwide rights ... best-in-class innovative HDAC inhibitor targeting hematological and solid ... 14 Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials of ... have already been completed, demonstrating that ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: