As part of his tour in the northern region on Saturday, Caretaker Minister of Health, Firas Abiad, visited this afternoon the Health and Environment Microbiology Laboratory at the Lebanese University in Tripoli accompanied by the representative of the World Health Organization in Lebanon Abdel Nasser Abu Bakr, the Deputy Representative of UNICEF in Lebanon Eti Heigner, and a delegation from the UNHCR in Lebanon headed by Yuli Kimchi and other prominent officials from the Health Ministry.
Minister Abiad and the accompanying delegation were received by the University’s Dean of Higher Institute of Ph.D. in Science and Technology, Nazih al-Moubyed, and Laboratory Head Munzer Hamza, alongside a number of professors, researchers, technicians and employees.
The attendees received a briefing on the epidemiological situation and the measures taken to respond to the cholera outbreak, in terms of assessing the situation and identifying needs.
Abiad and his accompanying delegation toured the Laboratory’s various departments and then held a work meeting during which the Health Minister commended the Laboratory’s technical and human capabilities and praised the significant role it played during the Corona pandemic, particularly in conducting analyzes for the Health Ministry.
Abiad then outlined the cholera epidemiological situation and the measures taken by the Health Ministry to confront the outbreak of the disease, stressing “the need for continued scientific and research cooperation between the Ministry and the Laboratory, with the latter having a key role in the plan to confront cholera.”
In turn, Laboratory Director Dr. Hamza thanked Minister Abiad and the accompanying delegation for their visit, underlining the strong relationship between the Lebanese University Microbiology Laboratory and the Public Health Ministry.
“The Laboratory is fully prepared to respond to any request, whether to diagnose the disease with the latest available methods and technologies or to conduct water analyzes as well,” Hamza asserted.