300 thousand pounds the cost of “health basket” for a family of 4 .. Who provides it for the poor?

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Hadeel Farfour wrote in Al-Akhbar: Only one new infection with the Corona virus was recorded yesterday by the Rafic Hariri Governmental Hospital, out of more than 190 tests conducted in his laboratories. Accordingly, the Corona counter was locked at night with 121 injuries, before the fourth death was announced since Corona entered Lebanon.

In isolation from the possibility of relying on these data and preparing for an optimistic speech, it is certain that it calls only for more commitment and adherence to the preventive measures mainly represented in the home quarantine. As the Lebanese are required to withstand more resilience, questions are raised about the resilience mechanism that will be followed by the poorest families in Lebanon. She is unable to provide a food basket for her children. How will her “health basket” be secure? Will the next emergency plans for the government notice these groups?

A few months ago, the World Bank in Lebanon was “busy” securing additional financing for the “targeting the poorest families” program. At the time, the proposals were to raise the number of food card beneficiaries to 15,000 families.
Apart from the “nature” of the program and the World Bank standards, a basic discussion is linked to the ability of these families who are unable to secure a food basket to provide a “health basket” that includes sterilization tools and the various preventive supplies required in the current sanitary condition, which cost no less than 300 thousand pounds for a family of Four individuals, according to estimates from sources concerned with the health file. This is if it is recognized that the heads of these families are able to adhere to the home stone and not go out in search of their daily strength. How can “safe distances” be applied to families living in one room? And if intuitive preventive measures start by washing hands with hot, soapy water, where do they get electricity and water? Will the emergency plans notice support for these groups?
The government has appealed for everyone’s days to strictly adhere to the measures, and has asked families to “stand up,” but it has not told them how they can survive, at a time when many countries are looking at ways to give families financial support that will enable them to stay at home. Ironically, the “record” of the authority in Lebanon does not bode well. On “prosperity” days, the government spent no less than 0.048% of GDP in 2018, while more than 47% of its revenue was spent on public debt benefits, knowing that the numbers indicate that there are 150,000 families below the minimum poverty line, and 250 Thousands classified under the poverty line in general.
Of course, the talk of securing a “healthy basket” for the poor seems surreal in a country that is currently suffering from a severe shortage of hospital and health supplies and supplies. The government’s “begging” in its decisions to confront the Corona virus to communicate with embassies and donors to secure financial and in-kind support to hospitals is only a translation of this fragile reality.
Based on this reality, and with the increasing pressure on the Rafic Hariri Governmental University Hospital, which incubates about half of the cases in Lebanon and performs about 70% of laboratory tests for the diagnosis of the “Corona virus”, and in light of the slow processing of the rest of the hospitals to support it, the “management” of donations and support to the hospital has emerged. As almost a single option now.Read the full article Press here.

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