Acta Scientific Cancer Biology (ASCB) (ISSN: 2582-4473)

Perspective Volume 4 Issue 10

Beirut Blast: An Oncologist’s Perspective

Romy Younan and Georges El Hachem*

Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, Beirut, Lebanon

*Corresponding Author: Georges El Hachem, Hematologist and Medical Oncologist at Saint George Hospital University Medical Center, Beirut and Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at University of Balamand, Lebanon.

Received: September 04, 2020; Published: September 25, 2020


 Imagine you live in a country with a potential ticking bomb. Imagine you live in a country with ammonium nitrate stored at the port since 2014. This makes me wonder, as a medical oncologist, how is it possible to save patients in a country that cannot save itself? Today, Lebanon faces a medical emergency following the explosion on the early evening of August 4th 2020, of more than 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored at Beirut's port. The devastating explosion added severe strain to a health-care system already suffering from a political and an economic crisis, a state’s bankruptcy, and the COVID-19 pandemic.





Citation: Romy Younan and Georges El Hachem. “Beirut Blast: An Oncologist’s Perspective". Acta Scientific Cancer Biology 4.10 (2020): 17-18.


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