The Lebanese Health Association's first national conference on the challenges of the health system in Lebanon began its works today at the Lebanese University's Conference Hall in Hadath, under the auspices of President Michel Aoun represented by Caretaker Foreign Affairs and Emigrants Minister, Gebran Bassil.
In his word at the opening ceremony, Bassil pointed to an "unfair political distribution of services and health costs in the country," in spite of several attempts to warn against the persistence of such practice.
"The right to proper health is a basic human right," said Bassil, adding, "Health is a public issue and attention is required by humanitarian principles and is necessitated by the need to protect Lebanese human resources."
"In other words, the Lebanese human is very dear, and the loss of every Lebanese citizen is a loss to our national wealth," he explained.
"There is no justification for having a Ministry of Health in any country unless the goal is to ensure that every citizen has the right to health care, and health service of good quality and cost acceptable," Bassil went on.
"The notion of the Lebanese Energy Association for Health lies in the fact that health is a common responsibility: the state on the one hand and the citizen and private sector on the other. We have many challenges...and great achievements await us between the public and private sectors, and this is what brings us together today," he said.
Bassil continued to outline the reasons for the weak health sector in Lebanon and the various means to address its problems and challenges. He encouraged the Association to accord this matter utmost importance in order to come up with a comprehensive health strategy to ensure a rise in the health sector.
He hoped that with the upcoming new government, a door of hope would be opened for reform in the health system to transform this sector from "burden to solution and from bankrupt to productive."
"There is nothing that we lack if we truly wish to render Lebanon a destination for therapeutic tourism, once again," Bassil underscored.
Source: National News Agency