WHO / LEBANON EMERGENCY MEDICAL TEAMS

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Emergency Medical Teams deployed with support from the World Health Organization provided immediate assistance to re-start health facilities impacted by the 4 August explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. WHO

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STORY: WHO / LEBANON EMERGENCY MEDICAL TEAMS
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DATELINE: 01, 11 SEPTEMBER 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

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11 SEPTEMBER 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

1. Various shots, Moroccan military field hospital
2. Med shot, emergencies tent
3. Close shot, sign for emergencies tent
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Johan von Schreeb, Emergency Medical Teams Coordinator, WHO in Lebanon:
“So, we are now standing at the entrance to this field hospital that is located in the midst of the disaster zone. So, it’s only one kilometre away from the blast area. Around here there are houses that have been destroyed, people lost properties, so it’s an area where a lot of vulnerable people are residing.”
5. Wide shot, people in waiting area of field hospital
6. Med shot, field hospital staff taking a man’s temperature then directing him to tent
7. Wide shot, field hospital tents
8. SOUNDBITE (French) Dr. Mostafa Rafai, Emergencies doctor at Moroccan military field hospital:
“As soon as we arrived, we received many emergency cases, and among those emergencies were post-explosion cases: Injuries, burns, traumas, post-explosion chest pains. But we also received other emergency cases other than post-explosion ones. You have to know that here at our hospital, we received and continue to receive all kinds of emergencies whether related to the explosion or otherwise.” 9. Close shot, nurse. 10. Med shot, health workers attending to patients.”

01 SEPTEMBER 2020, BEIRUT, LEBANON

11. Pan shot, entrance to Karantina Government Hospital. 12. Various shots, incubators being carried into paediatric ward
13. Med shot, Medical Director for the Swiss Medical Aid Unit, Dr. Olivier Hagon, entering hospital room
14. Various shots, Hagon speaking to health workers
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Olivier Hagon, Medical Director for the Swiss Medical Aid Unit:
"When we entered the first impression was, I would say, terrible. We said, ‘What can we do here?’ Everything is destroyed, the blast was so huge that everything was devastating; the windows, the walls and cupboards and the beds. We said it’s not possible to initiate something very soon because I mean, again, this time we were in the emergencies phase. That’s why we need to proceed very fast, and to proceed very fast you need a place to find and set up your activity. And that was really a big challenge.” 16. Wide shot, health worker walking down hallway of paediatric ward and past a room with debris. 17. Med shot, debris in room in paediatric ward.”
18. Pan shot, damaged room in paediatric ward
19. Med shot, pile of debris from damaged room
20. Med shot, broken sign for Karantina Paediatric Centre
21. Wide shot, street entrance to Karantina Paediatric Centre with damaged building
22. Various shots, Swiss Humanitarian Aid Construction Expert, Emelie Schmid, supervising reconstruction work in hospital
23. SOUNDBITE (English) Swiss Humanitarian Aid Construction Expert, Emelie Schmid:
“The biggest challenges were, first, the time, because you really want to open fast so that the children and the older population can have access again to this hospital. When we arrived, they were completely destroyed. Like electricity was down, oxygen network, ventilation, ceilings, doors, windows - everything was broken. And we had around two and a half weeks here to be able to repair this hospital.”
24. Pan shot, hospital hallway damaged by blast

STORYLINE:

Within 48 hours of the devastating explosion in Beirut on 4 August 2020, Emergency Medical Teams (EMTs) were on the ground to provide health support to the population. The World Health Organization supported the deployment six EMTs to Lebanon.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Johan von Schreeb, Emergency Medical Teams Coordinator, WHO in Lebanon:
“So, we are now standing at the entrance to this field hospital that is located in the midst of the disaster zone. So, it’s only one kilometre away from the blast area. Around here there are houses that have been destroyed, people lost properties, so it’s an area where a lot of vulnerable people are residing.”

A team from Morocco set up a field hospital to provide trauma support, while a team from Switzerland helped with the reconstruction of damaged health facilities.

SOUNDBITE (English) Swiss Humanitarian Aid Construction Expert, Emelie Schmid:
“The biggest challenges were, first, the time, because you really want to open fast so that the children and the older population can have access again to this hospital. When we arrived, they were completely destroyed. Like electricity was down, oxygen network, ventilation, ceilings, doors, windows - everything was broken. And we had around two and a half weeks here to be able to repair this hospital.”

WHO also deployed an EMT coordinator within 48 hours of the blast to manage and advise the teams.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Johan von Schreeb, Emergency Medical Teams Coordinator, WHO in Lebanon:
“So, we are now standing at the entrance to this field hospital that is located in the midst of the disaster zone. So, it’s only one kilometre away from the blast area. Around here there are houses that have been destroyed, people lost properties, so it’s an area where a lot of vulnerable people are residing.”
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