The Ministry of Health building, Beirut, Lebanon.
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Former MP Dr. Ismail Sukkarieh publicly criticized the Health Ministry Monday for not taking vaccination against yellow fever seriously enough, despite a number of Lebanese expats living in high-risk regions such as West Africa.Sukkarieh's statement comes after at least three Lebanese expats died of the disease in Angola in the last week. "The [Health] Ministry [should] register the people vaccinated, their passport number and the country of destination and at the end of the year; this information [should be] referred to the World Health Organization," Sukkarieh added.He slammed the Health Ministry for not having already implemented this, suggesting the ministry's Health Guidance Department was responsible for the oversight. Although difficult to diagnose, the WHO estimates that nearly 50 percent of those affected may die of the disease without adequate treatment.
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