During the raid of an uncertified warehouse storing medicine in southern Lebanon, caretaker Health Minister Hamad Hasan encouraged people to report individuals who illegally stockpile medicinal drugs.
In a video taken from inside the apartment-turned-warehouse in Toul, Nabatieh, the official gave out his personal number for the purpose.
“I want to ask esteemed citizens to report, via my number 03785569, any apartment that is storing medicine in any Lebanese area, be it for a pharmacist, a warehouse owner, or a company,” he said.
The raid on the aforementioned warehouse had uncovered the presence of numerous medicinal drugs that have been depleted from the Lebanese market.
The Health Ministry will distribute confiscated medicine for free, including those that treat chronic and incurable illnesses, to people, Hassan said during the raid.
A massive warehouse storing huge amounts of scarce and unavailable medicine had previously been raided in the village of Jadra in the Chouf District, and another in the southern village of Aaqbiyeh.
In addition to antibiotics and other essential drugs, large quantities of baby milk were found illegally stockpiled while the country suffers the dangerous consequences of an unprecedented shortage of medicine.