Syria has promised to donate oxygen supplies to Lebanon, following the latter’s request amidst shortages due to a surge in Covid-19 cases.
President Bashar Al-Assad ordered its Ministry of Health to send a total of 75 tons of oxygen to Lebanon over three days, which will not affect oxygen supplies in Syria the ministry said.
Syrian health minister Dr. Hassan Al-Ghabbash after meeting with his Lebanese counterpart said, “Yesterday we received a phone call from the Lebanese Minister of Health, which included a request for help from the Syrian government to secure oxygen for “Covid-19” patients in intensive care rooms due to the severe shortage in the Lebanese Republic hospitals,” in the ministry’s official Facebook page.
The move comes as Lebanon experiences a financial crisis which has plunged its currency to a record low leading to a surge of prices in basic commodities and a looming food shortage.
“There are currently a thousand patients in Lebanon on ventilators. The amount of oxygen we have is sufficient for today,” Lebanese health minister Hamad Hasan said on Wednesday.
The Lebanese health minister thanked the Syrian president for his administration’s response.
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