BEIRUT: Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil expressed his commitment Friday to achieve a comprehensive health care plan for Lebanese without public health insurance.
The Health Ministry launched the “Beirut UNESCO Declaration,” a strategic plan concerning primary health care and military medical care in cooperation with local communities, the National News Agency reported.
“Local medical centers initiated by local communities or charities or international organizations are closer to the social and medical needs of the people and they work to secure these needs at an affordable cost and the best quality,” said Khalil.
The minister noted the plan would enhance cooperation among local communities and organizations already existing across Lebanon, making the services they provide more efficient.
“We will work together to enhance the capabilities of the local medical centers so that they can play a major role in combating non-transitional diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory problems, in addition to mental diseases and geriatrics,” he explained.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 19, 2013, on page 3.