Minister of Public Health, Jamil Jabak, launched the project of setting benchmark standards for orthopedic and orthodontic services in Lebanon, in cooperation with the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Union of Orthopedic and Orthodontics, in the presence of ranking dignitaries.
Jabak pointed out that the project of "setting benchmarks for orthopedic and orthodontic services is of great importance as a result of the increase in the number of people who need prostheses and orthopedic devices, namely due to injuries suffered as a result of military actions -- the latter doubled since the July 2006 aggression, the war on terror in Nahr al-Bared and Lebanon's defense against the Takfiri enemy on the border with Syria."
He stressed the importance of setting standards for professionals in the said industry, so as to provide prosthetics and orthopedic devices in an effective, safe, high-quality and less expensive manner to the patients who need such services.
The Minister pointed out that achieving the desired results requires the following:
1. Contributing to the achievement of comprehensive health coverage in Lebanon so that all citizens can access the necessary health, awareness, preventive, curative and rehabilitation assistance.
2. Supporting Lebanon in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, particularly Article 20 therein, which provides for access to aid and assistance, as well as Article 26, which calls for the organization, strengthening and expansion of comprehensive rehabilitation services and programs.
He concluded by stressing that "all this will be done by improving the performance of this sector and its work strategies in light of cooperation with the necessary international expertise, in partnership with international organizations and institutions with a humanitarian health-related message.
For his part, the head of the International Red Cross Mission in Lebanon, Christoph Martin, said "The ICRC provides assistance to some 400,000 people in 30 countries around the world. In Lebanon, the disabled are supported by a center in Sidon, which was established around forty years ago with the aim of restoring their confidence and reintegrating them into their society."
Source: National News Agency