BEIRUT: Health Minister Wael Abu Faour promised Thursday that the Rafik Hariri University Hospital would be revived to meet the expectations of Lebanon’s poor, stressing on the need to keep politics out of government institutions.
“The hospital is on the right track and will be back very soon to what disadvantaged Lebanese citizens are looking for,” Abu Faour said, after a meeting with the new administrative council of Beirut’s only public hospital.
“What I am calling for and what I will make sure to do is to keep politics out of the hospital’s affairs,” he added. “Politics is the killer of the Rafik Hariri Hospital and of any other governmental institution.”
Abu Faour said that the new council has the qualifications to improve the hospital, and that they are in the midst of setting up a new action plan to be presented next week.
The hospital’s survival was at stake last month, when Abu Faour said low standards and allegations of corruption could lead to closure.