“What I saw today was a tragedy. This is not a hospital … There is no [adequate] place for the patients to sleep, eat or shower,” the health minister said. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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A psychiatric hospital in south Lebanon's Msaileh will be shut down and investigated over poor living conditions and inadequate facilities, officials said Sunday. Health Minister Jamil Jabak said Zahrani's Al-Fanar Psychiatric Hospital would be evacuated within three days, and Financial Public Prosecutor Ali Ibrahim told local media he would open an investigation Monday morning.Jabak announced the hospital's closure after he toured the facilities, saying that its more than 200 patients would be transferred to other hospitals across the country.Jabak confirmed that the Health and Interior ministries would cooperate to search for the families of patients, some of whom had been there for nearly 30 years.Zainab Daher, a hospital employee, lamented the living conditions, particularly for long-term patients.
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