Less than a week after Morocco’s King Mohammed VI ordered the construction of a military field hospital in Beirut following the tragic explosions in the Lebanese capital, the military facility has started treating the wounded.
The field hospital was inaugurated on Monday in the presence of Morocco’s Ambassador to Lebanon, M’hammed Grine.
This field hospital is operated by a 150-strong staff, including 45 doctors from various specialties (intensive care specialists, surgeons, traumatologists, ENT specialists, ophthalmologists, neurosurgeons, pediatricians, pharmacists and burns treatment specialists), nurses and other medical support elements.
The hospital features surgery, hospitalization, radiology and sterilization units, in addition to a laboratory and a pharmacy.
The facility will assist with the daunting task of providing medical assistance to the injured, director of the field hospital Professor Chekkar Kacem told MAP news agency.
The first beneficiaries of the services of this hospital expressed their gratitude and thanks to King Mohammed VI for this noble gesture, as well as for the humanitarian and medical aid sent to the inhabitants of Beirut, MAP said.
Following the tragic explosion in the port of Beirut, King Mohammed VI gave his high instructions to send emergency medical and humanitarian aid to Lebanon.
The Moroccan assistance, airlifted by some 14 military and civilian planes, includes a batch of first aid drugs, food products (canned food, legumes, powdered milk, oil, sugar, etc.), tents and blankets to accommodate the disaster victims.
It also includes medical equipment for the prevention of Covid-19, in particular protective masks, visors, charlottes, gowns and hydro-alcoholic gel.
Nearly 6,000 people have sustained injuries in the explosion that blew Beirut port on Tuesday August 4. At least 200 people have died from the explosion, according to Beirut Governor Marwan Abboud, as quoted by al-Marsad, with the death toll rising every day. Other sources count at least 163 casualties. Dozens more are reported missing.