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K2P Press Tracing encompasses all health related stories and issues reported in Lebanese newspapers. This service provides FHS faculty members with investigative, news events and advocacy articles from AnnaharAl AkhbarAl HayatAl Joumhouria, Al BaladAl MustaqbalAl Shark Al Awsat, and The Daily Star.  
Thursday February 16 - Wednesday February 22, 2017

Highlights & Selected Articles

Environment (17/49 articles) highlighted multiple protests by environmental activists and Koura citizens demanding the closure of the peat olive oil factory which, reportedly, is polluting the region by emitting toxic fumes and carcinogens. In response to this massive rally, the Minister of Industry, Hussein Hajj Hassan, issued an order to halt production of hexagram in the olive oil production process and temporary closure of the factory. Issues pertaining to the never ending waste crisis were also in this week’s headlines which included pollution of the Litani River and incinerators.
Refugees (9/49 articles) mainly informed that Syrian refugees in Lebanon will no longer have to pay a $200 renewal fee required to maintain residency in the country. Other articles reported on NEXtCARE, a new company, to be awarded a contract with the U.N. to manage health coverage for Syrian refugees in Lebanon, among other related issues.
Ministry of Public Health (11/49 articles) mainly covered the launching of a new service to facilitate filing paperwork at the ministry. The Health Minister, Ghassan Hasbani, praised the system that helps administrative work, which his ministry will provide through a “One-Stop Shop” service. On another note, the Minister approved the prosecution of two health inspectors on corruption charges connected to receiving bribes.
Other (2/49 articles) informed about the launching of a research program between the National Center for Scientific Research and four universities, among them the American University of Beirut.  Another article shed light on Robotic Surgery which was showcased at Arab Health Exhibition.
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Pharmaceuticals (4/49 articles) reported on the launching of an initiative called “Supporting the Pharmaceutical Industry Campaign”. The Minister of Public Health, Ghassan Hasbani, invited Lebanese citizens to opt for locally produced medicine over imported pharmaceutical products.
Road Safety (3/49 articles) informed about the governor of North Lebanon, Ramzi Nohra, who asked to stop the maintenance work on the north highway because of the danger it poses to drivers.
Hospitals (3/49 articles) informed about a fire that erupted on the first floor of the St. George’s Hospital in Hadath, as a result of lighting of a cigarette near Oxygen pipes.
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