A SHIPPING container full of hospital equipment, decommissioned by Armadale Health Service (AHS) is bound for community hospitals in Lebanon to provide medical aid to refugees displaced by the Syrian conflict.
Australian Arab Association project co-ordinator for Middle East Sam Youssef, who is on the AHS Community Advisory Council, organised the hospital equipment, which includes wheelchairs, walking frames and medical supplies, to be sent to Lebanon.
‘Lebanon faces a severe shortage of essential medical supplies because of the Syrian conflict,’ he said.
‘A number of hospitals in Lebanon are unable to cope with the large influx of Syrian refugees in need of medical attention due to the lack of equipment and supplies.’
Mr Youseef, who is originally from Lebanon, said there were 1.5 million Syrian registered refuges in Lebanon, but believed there were an extra 300,000 refugees who weren’t registered and it was putting the country’s limited resources under extreme pressure.
He has been in contact with the Prime Minister’s office to ensure the medial equipment is distributed to the hospitals which need it most.
AHS acting executive director Gary Colley said the health service was pleased to be able to support the initiative which will help provide medical attention to people in need.
‘We are glad that the items can still be put to good use,’ Mr Colley said.
The AHS equipment was replaced as part of the hospital’s equipment replacement program.
The cost to warehouse and transport the supplies has been funded by the Australian Arab Association and by donations from the community and businesses.