During French President Emmanuel Macron’s second visit to post-explosion Beirut, he visited Lebanon’s main coronavirus hospital, the Rafik Hariri University Hospital (RHUH).
In addition to the support France is providing for Lebanon during this tumultuous time, it has now pledged 7 million euros (almost $8.3 million) to the hospital.
“The leading role RHUH is playing in the response against Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic,” said head of RHUH, Dr. Firass Abiad.
“Six months later and RHUH, despite scarce resources, remains the largest hospital receiving Covid-19 patients. Its staff continues to perform admirably against all odds.”
Lebanon is experiencing a surge in infections following the blast, which left at least 300,000 people homeless.
Hospitals across Beirut became overwhelmed with patients and the fragile healthcare system was pressured to treat thousands of injured victims. Some hospitals were also severely damaged or completely destroyed in the blast.
France’s new donation will help the RHUH continue fighting the pandemic and providing healthcare access to the vulnerable population.
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