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Date: 15/04/2020
Author: NNA
Source: NNA
The Minister of Public Health Discusses with the WHO Ways of Strengthening the Efforts Aimed at Fighting the Coronavirus
Dr. Rana Hajjeh: the lockdown measures should not be reduced

The Minister of Public Health Dr. Hamad Hasan received in his office at the Ministry WHO Deputy Regional Director Dr. Rana Hajjeh and WHO representative to Lebanon Dr. Iman Shankiti. The meeting discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between WHO and the Ministry of Public Health to fight the coronavirus.

In a statement, Dr. Hajjeh highlighted the importance of not reducing the lockdown measures in Lebanon. She noted that the situation must be assessed in order to decide on the gradual reduction of the measures taken. She also mentioned that the compliance with home isolation proved to be the most effective preventive measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Dr. Hajjeh stressed also on the importance of carrying out the tests to identify the positive and the negative cases at the laboratories that are accredited by the ministry. Performing the tests should not lead to commercial profits, and the laboratory should be reliable and accredited by the ministry. 
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