The United Nations has said that a $383 million humanitarian plan was launched three months ago to deliver crucial life-saving humanitarian assistance to most vulnerable Lebanese and migrants affected by the economic crisis in Lebanon.
“From the end of September, and as part of the Emergency Response Plan launched by humanitarian actors to step up assistance for the most vulnerable populations affected by the on-going crisis in Lebanon, 3.1 million liters of fuel have been provided to 515 critical facilities delivering vital services, including over 195 health facilities and 320 water pumping stations so far,” said Dr. Najat Rochdi, United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon, in a statement issued Friday.
“This exceptional fuel distribution to healthcare and water facilities across Lebanon has been ensuring provision of critical health, water and sanitation services to the most vulnerable populations affected by the ongoing energy crisis and preserve lifesaving humanitarian activities in all districts” she said.
Rochdi noted that the development of the fuel delivery plan has been covering all governorates, allowing the most vulnerable people to continue getting access to functioning health services and to safe drinking water.
“More than 300 water pumping stations have been provided with fuel, lessening most vulnerable families’ dependence towards more expensive alternatives such as bottled or trucked water tankers,” said the statement.
Over the past weeks, the emergency fuel supply has also been guaranteeing uninterrupted health activities to those most in need in Lebanon.
“The provision of emergency fuel has allowed 24 public hospitals to remain open, supporting more than 887 functional hospital beds, including care for COVID-19 patients,” Rochdi said.
She called on the Lebanese government to take its responsibility in ensuring that families have unhindered access to essential services and in implementing necessary measures to address the energy crisis.
Source: Asharq Al-Awsat