In a country bursting with corruption, negligence, and lack of conscience, the teenager Nasab Al-Hibawi has been grappling with the disease for years, but lately Nasab’s health has become more difficult and sensitive.
Nasab’s mother told Sawt Beirut International (SBI) reporter Ghassan Farran, that her daughter’s health is deteriorating, the number of circulating blood cells are going down, and are unable to find the required injections. She added that neither the Ministry of Public Health nor any of the officials responded.
The mother added: “We’ve been raising our voice and crying for 17 years, but unfortunately no one has heard us.” Nasab and her sisters suffer from severe pain and cry throughout the night. “The sole solution for Nasab to cure is conducting a surgery, however it is so expensive, as it costs 40 million LBP in addition to the tests required beforehand and the chemotherapy,” her mother said.
Besides Nasab, her sister Shaimaa doesn’t hear or speak. The Ministry of Health is no longer covering the costs of treatment. Therefore, Shaima is in a risky stage, and her mother said, “Shaimaa is three and a half years old, and she is deaf. The doctor told us that there isn’t cochlear implant in Lebanon and the Central Bank is not providing anymore dollars in support to conduct the surgery, which costs $17,500, abroad.”
Bibnin’s mokhtar Zaher Al Kassar said: “We don’t expect any support or care from officials. Things lately are not only linked to the lack of money, but there isn’t either treatment or medicine. Children are dying in front of their families.” He added that they are eager to see initiatives such as the Jordanian King’s initiative, who pledged to treat Souhaila al-Kassar.
The question that arises in this context, what if Shaimaa and Nasab were the daughters of the ruling officials? Will they be left to their dark fate? What is the fault of these people to be born in a country that does not respect the human’s rights and dignity?