Lebanon’s health minister asks donors for more support for refugees

Lebanese Health Minister Jamil Jabak said on Friday that he appealed to donors at the 72nd Session of the World Health Organization’s World Assembly in Geneva for more support for Lebanon, local media reported.

“We asked donors to increase their support for the health of refugees,” Jabak was quoted as saying by Elnashra, an online independent newspaper.

His remarks came during a press conference at the ministry to discuss the outcome of his visit to Geneva.

Jabak said that he had met with the health minister at the European Union and asked him for help by contributing to the health needs of Syrian refugees.

The diseases have increased in Lebanon because of the flow of a big number of Syrian refugees to the country following the eruption of the civil war in Syria, he added.

More than 1 million Syrian refugees are registered with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon, while the Lebanese government estimated the true number of Syrians in the country at 1.5 million.