The Lebanese Ophthalmologist Khaled Al-Safadi living in Spain decided to send out 3000 medical surgical gowns for medical workers in Lebanon The gift was boarded on the MEA evacuation flight 242 that took off from Madrid.
“I salute all doctors and nurses who are working today in Lebanon amid a shortage in medical supplies amid coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” Dr. Al-Safadi explained in a reportage made by MTV Lebanon.
Dr. Al-Safadi expressed that “the situation in Lebanon is tragic” and wanted to donate as many protection kits as possible, but he was refused permission for exportation.
Due to the overwhelming spread of the virus in European counties, Spain, alongside most European countries, is not allowing the exportation of medical equipment related to coronavirus.
“We tried sending out protection kits for doctors and nurses in Lebanon,” Dr. Al-Safadi explained, “but local authorities warned us from sending any kits outside the country.”
He found it best to send 3000 surgical gowns that nurses and doctors can make use of during current events and in the long run. “I hope that the 3000 surgical gowns reach governmental hospitals in general and Rafik Al-Hariri Hospital and Karantina Hospital in particular.”
Dr. Al-Safadi is from a village called Lala in Beqaa. He has been living in Spain and working between Spain and Africa for 30 years. This father of three children remains loyal to Lebanon even after three decades of living outside.
He ended his video message to the Lebanese with his three kids standing in the back and holding signs of support and gratefulness for the Lebanese medical workers at the frontlines during the pandemic.
Dr. Khaled Al-Safadi is one of many Lebanese expats who have shown loyalty and solidarity with Lebanon throughout the economic, financial, and health crises.
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