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Lebanon’s worsening health sector leaves patients suffering

Lebanon's health-care sector is fighting for survival amid an economic collapse, with the lives of patients at risk as critical care facilities have been falling apart and for the majority of the population affording essential medicine has become a luxury.
Cancer drugs are seen at a pharmacy, Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 7, 2022.

BEIRUT — Throughout Beirut and other regions, adults and children struggle for survival in a country crippled by poverty and debts, who share one thing in common — their fight against illness and a struggle to stay alive.

“It’s mentally, morally and physically exhausting,” is how breast cancer patient Rima Khodr described her days to Al-Monitor. “Cancer can be treated, but the economic collapse in Lebanon is turning it into a death sentence.”

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