EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst, center, checks the project. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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An ambitious new medical complex is under construction in south Lebanon that, when completed, would bring the country its first geriatric hospital and the region's largest drug rehabilitation facility.Medrar, the Lebanese-American organization mounting the multimillion-dollar project, hopes the hospital will bring jobs, capital and much needed medical services to the under-served region. Construction on the 190-bed complex began a few months ago, with a large geriatric facility, a drug rehabilitation center and a small hospital in the works. The 114-bed center for elderly care will be the first dedicated geriatric hospital in Lebanon, architect Hisham Nasser said.The drug treatment facility, with 50 beds, will be "the best in the Middle East," Nasser added, and is likely to attract patients from across the region. When fully operational, Hajj said the medical complex would employ between 800 and 1,000 people.
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