Following yesterday's interview with the minister of health, accompanied by the data presented at one of the local Lebanese TV stations, claiming that LAU's Rizk Hospital had only prepared seven ICU beds to tackle the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we believe there is a moral obligation of increasing that number given the credentials of Rizk's medical staff and the higher quality of service at the medical center in comparison with other hospitals in the country.
Recent reports predict a much higher number of infections in the coming days at a time where most ICUs are already overwhelmed. The imminent hike in contagion will further exhaust the country's health sector. Any enhancement and expansion of LAU's COVID-19 response units can potentially save lives. Thus, we urge LAU to further engage in the fight against the pandemic.
The common aspiration of academic institutions like LAU, is reflected in the faith of its community that they will build a better future, implementing ethics on the way and pushing forward with what's right. At this time, it is only right that we save lives and avoid reaching a point where those at Rizk, among other centers, are forced to subsidize and decide who lives and who does not, for every life is worth saving, and "he who saves one life saves the world entire".