By Staff writer
Only 30% of the economic losses may be insured
The cost to restore essential functions in hospitals damaged by the Beirut blast on August 4 - excluding the cost of replacing medical equipment - is estimated at $71.5 million, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a recent report.
A WHO-led assessment of hospitals reaveled that 500 hospital beds were lost as a result of the blast, after three hospitals were deemed non-functional and three hospitals are partially functional, out of a total of 16 hospitals in Beirut.
The central drugs warehouse of the National Primary Health Care Centre Network was also severely damaged, as well as 23 primary healthcare centres, four of which were completely destroyed.
WHO is playing an key role in coordinating the 11 international emergency medical teams (EMTs) that were deployed to support the response to the explosion.
More than 300,000 people have been left homeless as a result of the blast, of which 6,000 are living in schools, and the rest living with family and friends in the community.
As Covid-19 cases continue to surge on a daily basis, positive Covid-19 cases have been reported among health care workers and trauma patients.
WHO said in its report: “There is a need to ensure that healthcare workers involved in the response to the blast are protected against Covid-19, and are able to recognise symptoms among patients seeking follow-up care for trauma injuries or primary healthcare services. There is also a need to revive and increase public health awareness on protection measures against Covid-19, as public attention remains focused on the impact of the blast.”