NNA – Public Health Minister Wael Abou Faour presided over a meeting at his office for the Emergency Committee to Assess Waste Health Risks, which was formed by the Ministry under the supervision of Director General Walid Ammar.
Following the meeting, Abu Faour held a press conference in which he pointed out that the heavy floods and the spread of wastes in the streets and lands triggered a righteous concern among many Lebanese who feared the likely occurrence of health and environmental hazards.
“The damage has certainly happened. It’s not minimal, though it’s not possible to determine its size so far,” said Abu Faour.
However, the Minister said that efforts are being undertaken to monitor the effects of the spread of wastes and determine its health and environmental risks.
Abu Faour noted that the Emergency Committee reached a number of scientific findings in this regard, putting forward some recommendations for the short and long terms, in order to avoid risks arising from the proliferation of wastes.