COVID-19 support for Jezzine
Equipping a hospital with life-saving medical devices
Lebanon is in the midst of its worst economic and financial crisis in decades. In addition, the health care system in Lebanon has long been weakened and underfunded. The Covid crisis is no longer manageable for Lebanese hospitals.
Due to the financial crisis, public hospitals have had to make massive cuts, including personnel. Around 40% of the country's medical staff have lost their jobs. The procurement of basic medical equipment is not affordable.
The public hospital in Jezzine in southern Lebanon, for example, is lacking at every turn: Protective equipment for medical staff, ventilators, patient monitors for measuring vital signs, cardiac ultrasound equipment and PCR corona tests are not available in nearly sufficient numbers. Patient care cannot be ensured.
Hilfswerk International is therefore relieving the burden on the health system in Lebanon by providing life-saving medical equipment and basic supplies for the public hospital in Jezzine.
The overall project goal is to provide the only hospital in Jezzine District with much needed equipment to save lives during the Corona Pandemic.
The specific goals are
- Strengthening Jezzine Hospital by providing life-saving medical equipment to patients.
- Provide a safe environment for COVID-19 patients at Jezzine Hospital.
- Reduction of infection of medical staff and patients with COVID-19 virus.
Hilfswerk International provides the following equipment to Jezzine Hospital to achieve its goals:
- portable monitors for measuring vital signs (pulse rate, temperature, respiratory rate and blood pressure)
- portable cardiac ultrasounds, which are urgently needed to rapidly evaluate patients in critical situations due to their COVID-19 disease, such as COVID-19-related heart disease
- portable oxygen devices (concentrator) and 10 oximeters for oxygen saturation measurement
- test boxes placed at the entrance of the hospital to perform PCR tests
- protective clothing sets and 200 glove boxes for medical personnel
- air conditioners
- 300 Corona patients and
- 84 Hospital employees (physicians, nurses, administrative staff)