Another Scandal Hits Lebanon’s Healthcare System

Mona Baalbaki, the earlier head of Pharmacy in Rafic Hariri Hospital “has been sacked by the Common Disciplinary Council for stealing a big amount of well being ministry-donated most cancers medicines from the hospital and promoting them for tons of of thousands and thousands of Lebanese kilos”. The worst half, as per the identical report, is that she was changing stolen medicines with expired medicine given to a bigger variety of most cancers sufferers, principally girls and kids, with out their information in fact. She denied doing so although throughout an interview with LBCI.

How can anybody do such a factor? How can she sleep at evening understanding she’s doubtlessly contributing to the dying of her sufferers? Evidently, everybody was outraged by the story and as typical plenty of Lebanese needed her useless, however when you dig deeper into that story, it seems that Mona isn’t the mastermind right here and that she’s getting used as a scapegoat to cowl up on a a lot greater scandal.

Apparently, there’s a bigger variety of workers and medical doctors concerned on this scandal, and the Well being Ministry was additionally concerned at one level. The worst half is that this story dates again to 2009 and no severe investigation has been held but to unveil the entire fact and fireplace all of the folks concerned. How was Baalbaki allowed to go away the nation in the event that they’re investigating her? Why did the GDC wait until 2017 to give you a call? How was Baalbaki capable of exchange all these meds for over 2 years? Why isn’t the Well being Ministry investigating this matter? What do the Pharmacy and Medical doctors syndicates should say about that? Who adopted up on these poor most cancers sufferers that had been being given unhealthy meds? Why is this hospital nonetheless open after all of the corruption instances surrounding it?

There are such a lot of inquiries to be requested right here however the unhappy fact is that this story might be forgotten quickly and a few individuals who don’t have any political cowl might be used as scapegoats. Nobody is ever held accountable on this nation, even once they’re promoting expired medicine to most cancers sufferers. I don’t know how we will belief our hospitals and healthcare system after listening to this story, I don’t know how we will belief a system that’s poisoning us every day.

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