Minister of Public Health, Ghassan Hasbani, representing President of the Republic Michel Aoun, inaugurated the Arab Hospitals Federation's Health Economic Forum, at Habtoor Hotel on Friday.
"We are witnessing a demographic boom and an increase of citizens' healthcare needs, amid growing poverty rates among the Lebanese and the majority of the displaced and refugees," Hasbani said in his word, noting the decrease of international help.
"Since the beginning of events in Syria, Lebanon has been witnessing an unmatched boom of population. [Lebanon] is the first host country as to the number of displaced compared to that of citizens," he explained.
"There are nearly 1.5 million displaced Syrians in Lebanon," he added.
"We have dealt with this realty by adopting the policies and directives that aim to meet the needs of citizens on one hand, and control and rationalize healthcare expenditures on the other," he said.
"We will hold a meeting on Monday to launch the national healthcare system strategy," he revealed.
He lastly highlighted the importance of partnership between the public and private sectors to develop and boost Lebanon's healthcare sector.
Source: National News Agency