Hundreds of highly qualified doctors are leaving Lebanon following some of the most turbulent years in the country’s history, Reuters revealed Thursday.
Reuters tallied at least 400 doctors and other medical professionals leaving the country amid falling wages and ongoing political and economic turmoil. As well as depressed wages, doctors are also having to deal with shortages of essential equipment, staff, and basic supplies as an 80 percent devaluation in the Lebanese pound has made many imports unaffordable.
The head of the Lebanese doctors’ syndicate, Sharaf Abou Sharaf, told Reuters that the emigration of so many doctors presents a major challenge to the country’s healthcare industry, particularly in university hospitals where they both practice and teach simultaneously.
“This bleeding of talent does not bode well, especially if the situation lasts long and there are others who are preparing to leave,” he said. “Their expertise was built over many years and is very