According to Libnannews and L’Orient Le Jour (https://libnanews.com/liban-crise-greve-des-pharmaciens-jeudi-prochain/; https://www.lorientlejour.com/article/1257424/les-pharmaciens-appellent-a-une-greve-le-8-avril.html), pharmacists are calling for a strike on Thursday across the country, between 8 AM and 3 PM. A sit-in is being organized in front of the Ministry of Health.
Lebanese pharmacists “are accusing exclusive agencies of provoking medication shortages while waiting for the end of the subsidy program for the purchase of basic necessities“.
“Since September 2020, 50% of medicines had disappeared from the market“, as per Libnannews.
Can you imagine the impact of all this on people’s lives, quality of life, health, and prognosis of their diagnoses and chronic conditions? For example, many citizens need to take a drug for their heart disease, thyroid condition, diabetes, cancer, or clinical depression? Due to shortages in medication, people find themselves walking or driving from one pharmacy to the other, putting themselves and others at more risk of exposure to the coronavirus. If they are lucky, they find the needed drug, or a similar medication. If they are unlucky, they leave without their much needed medication.
To conclude this post, once again, it is unbelievable how much Lebanon’s status has gone down, within months only: from a middle-income developed country, it currently looks like a state with low income. It is probably one with the fastest declining income.
What is the solution for tiny bankrupt yet resistant Lebanon?