Mayez Obeid wrote in “Nidaa Al-Watan”:
Instead of gasoline being a substance that facilitates things and movement, securing it became the problem in itself. As for the suffering of hospitals in Akkar and the medical staff there, it did not end there. In addition to the migration of medical and human cadres abroad in search of better working conditions, the rest of them in Lebanon suffer from the interruption of medicines and the provision of equipment, medical supplies and operational materials on the one hand, before the diesel insurance joins their suffering to operate electricity inside hospitals on the other hand.
Another no less important suffering is the inability of doctors, nurses and employees to secure gasoline for their cars to reach their workplaces and follow up on the conditions of their patients; A problem that people thought had been solved, but what happened was simple partial solutions to a larger and deeper problem before it was exacerbated by the continuous rise in gasoline prices. In this context, the Director of Abdullah Al-Rassi Governmental Hospital in Akkar, Dr. Muhammad Khadrin, appealed to the concerned official authorities, owners of fuel stations and distribution companies to give the “health and hospital sector the highest priority, in terms of treating doctors, nurses, administrators and workers in the hospital sector, in light of this difficult situation in which it is passing through.” The country, the shortage of fuel, in addition to our suffering with the shortage of medicines and medical supplies.” He wished the station owners to “secure gasoline for workers in the health and hospital sector as a priority to enable them to continue to carry out their tasks, as they cannot wait for long hours in front of the stations, stressing that their inability to come to their workplaces confuses and impedes, and even disrupts to a large extent the hospital and health services.” Akkar, which will decline significantly.
Doctors and nurses in Akkar are talking about the great difficulty they face in securing gasoline. Even if the doctor has a filling “bon”, some stations do not facilitate his tasks, and others do not adopt a quota for doctors and force them to stand in line. If you find a station that facilitates their tasks, many of them do not find gasoline when they reach it, and if they do find it, the amount allotted to the doctor in a week is not enough for him.
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Khalaf Al Habtoor Hospital in Harar – Akkar, Dr. Rabie Al-Samad spoke to Nidaa Al-Watan about the great difficulties in securing gasoline for transportation, and said: “There are specialized doctors who come to the area once a month, for example, and we need them in hospitals, such as neurosurgeons.” In addition to the suffering of area doctors in various departments by securing gasoline to reach hospitals and follow up on the conditions of their patients, the Doctors Syndicate was able to help with 200,000 liras per week, about a plate and a half, but it is not enough for the doctor, perhaps for one day, because some doctors distribute their work to More than one hospital and region, and some of them, like me, need 5 cans of petrol per day, and there is a great responsibility, in addition to the great shortage of materials that companies refuse to deliver, in addition to water and others.”
And he spoke of possible solutions, “with the response of the Medical Syndicate, the Tripoli Refinery, and the OJM fuel distribution company. In a call I made with the owner of the company, Mr. Jamal Othman, he thankfully confirmed that he would take the initiative to allocate a station in Akkar for the medical staff, including nurses and administrative staff in hospitals, and these were not covered.” Previously, he was very responsive in this regard, as in the matter of providing diesel fuel to hospitals.”
Al-Samad appealed to those concerned to stand by Akkar and treat it as it is, and allocate the medical sector and its workers with the care it deserves, Akkar, which includes the best hospitals and medical staff, but if things remain like this, the medical sector in Akkar as a whole is threatened with collapse and halt, and this is a matter whose repercussions will be catastrophic. on the area. He appealed to the heads of federations and municipalities in the region to support the security forces in delivering the tankers to Akkar and to prevent any encroachments on them.