EN | DE | FR
Donate Now

Malteser International to set up additional health station to care for the sick and wounded

Malteser International's mobile medical units have provided urgently needed medical care in the aftermath of the explosion. Photo: Sina Schweikle/Malteser International

Beirut. Malteser International is expanding its mobile and stationary healthcare facilities to ensure rapid assistance for people affected in Tuesday's in Beirut, Lebanon. Initial assessments from relief teams have revealed the extent of damage to health infrastructure and the poor state of medical care in the city.

"There is a worrying lack of medicines which could increase infections." said Oliver Hochedez, Malteser International's Emergency Relief Coordinator. "Covid-19 is still here and overall situation is dire. People who have survived the catastrophe are now facing life-threatening conditions."

The most vulnerable people in the society have been hit particularly hard by the crisis. "In addition to those with injuries and burns sustained in the blast, people with chronic illnesses are also in need of urgent care. However, their chances of receiving treatment in hospitals are particularly poor at present. For now, Covid-19 patients and those who sustained serious injuries from the explosion are priority," said Hochedez.

"Along with the Lebanese Association of the Order of Malta, we remain committed to working for the long-term recovery of the people of Beirut. Many people have suffered trauma and remain in shock. There is a difficult road ahead."

The death toll from the explosion that hit the National Port of Beirut on Tuesday evening is now at 157. The figure is expected to rise as more bodies are found under the rubble. The explosion generated shockwaves that shattered windows and destroyed buildings across the Lebanese capital. Malteser International has been working in cooperation with the Lebanese Association of the Knights of Malta since 2014, providing medical care for Syrian refugees and vulnerable host communities.

Note to editors:
Raymond Tarabay is in Lebanon and available for interviews.

Press contact:
Michael Etoh
+49 (0)221 96441 183,
michael.etoh(at)malteser-international.org

Malteser International is urgently appealing for funds to provide life-saving assistance!
DONATE NOW
Reference: "Lebanon"

Contact

Katharina Kiecol
+49-(0)221-96441-181
Email: katharina.kiecol(at)malteser-international.org

Image rights

All pictures provided by Malteser International are free of charge and can be used for media coverage on Malteser International. Please mention "Malteser International" as image source. All image rights are held by Malteser International. This regulation does not apply to pictures marked otherwise.

For latest news, multimedia content and access to Malteser International experts, please subscribe to our distribution list.

Data Protection / Unsubscribing

Cookie Policy

We use cookies on this site to collect and analyze information in accordance with our privacy policy. These cookies allow us to enhance your user experience. By continuing to use this website, you give your consent to our use of cookies.
Learn more on how we use cookies and other tracking technologies

Facebook Pixel

This site uses Facebook Pixel to monitor site usage and web traffic in order to evaluate our fundraising and campaign efforts as set out in our Privacy policy. Your personal information remains anonymous and cannot be traced back to you personally.