President Michel Aoun, represented by Public Health Minister Jamil Jabak, patronized Saturday the launching of the national awareness campaign on cardiac arrest outside the hospital, at the invitation of the Survival Series Partners of the Lebanese Doctors' Syndicate in Beirut, administered by Cardiology Program Head at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Hussein Ismail.
Attending the launching event was also Parliamentary Health Committee Head, Assem Araji, MPs Inaya Ezzedine and Dima Jamali, Beirut Doctors Syndicate Dean, Dr. Sharaf Abu Sharaf, Cardiologists Association Head, Dr. Malek Mohammed, Emergency Physicians Association Head, Dr. Mazen al-Sayyed, representatives of the Johan, Heart of Remy Rbeiz and Champs Fund Associations, alongside a number of artists and media representatives who participated in the awareness videos of this campaign.
In his opening speech, Jabak relayed the greetings of the President of the Republic and his wishes for the campaign members to succeed in their efforts to secure prevention means and care for the citizen and rapid intervention to save citizens' lives while being outside the hospital.
"The President's patronage of this event reflects the extent of concern he accords to ensuring citizens' right to good health, quality and effectiveness, especially in cases of sudden cardiac arrest that can affect every human being at all ages and young people in particular," Jabak said.
He stressed his Ministry's relentless efforts in providing all cooperation with every association or institution concerned with human health.
Pointing to the budget of the Public Health Ministry, Jabak said: "It does not exceed 2 or 2.5 percent of the general budget, whereas in the world it constitutes 7 to 10 percent of the state's budget. This leads to a lot of pressure to cover the health services needed by approximately one million and 800 thousand people who resort to Health Ministry."
Moreover, he indicated that this year, the Ministry of Health has set precedence in managing to settle for the amount allocated to it by the government for medicine purposes. "We expect the Ministry to be able to cover the needs of the people in this domain," assured Jabak.