NNA - Two aircrafts of the Qatari Emiri Air Force arrived at Rafic Hariri International Airport’s airbase in Beirut on Wednesday carrying two field hospitals for Tyre and Tripoli regions.
The two planes were received at the airport by Caretaker Minister of Public Health, Dr. Hamad Hassan, and other senior Qatari and Lebanese officials.
Hassan thanked the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, as well as the Qatari government and people for this initiative. He also lauded the efforts of Qatari Ambassador to Lebanon, Mohammad Hassan Jaber Al-Jaber, for his assistance helping Lebanon confront the grave threat of the Coronavirus.
“Qatar has recently provided two field hospitals to Al-Roum and Jeitaoui Hospitals," Hassan added, noting that the State of Qatar is keen on Lebanon’s national unity through equally distributing its aid to various regions. He also thanked the Lebanese army for its assistance, stressing that "its presence gives the Lebanese safety and assuredness."
However, Minister Hassan regretted some media allegations that $50 million were available, yet not being spent to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
“This matter is inaccurate. We’re spending the loan money in the right time and place, and within an organized plan,” Hassan explained.
The Minister then expressed hope that during the two week lockdown, the readiness of government hospitals would increase. He also hoped for responsible steps from private hospitals.
In response to a question about not including the airport in the general lockdown, Minister Hassan said: "The cases that are being recorded are two per thousand at the airport, meaning that during the day, ten or twelve positive cases enter the country through the airport. In the midst of the economic and social meltdown that we endure, we cannot ignore the take of the relevant authorities and ministries on this situation. Nonetheless, there’s an additional recommendation regarding airport arrivals, which is to stay in quarantine for a week after arrival regardless of the PCR result.”