A massive explosion that destroyed buildings and killed at least 100 people in Beirut, Lebanon, damaged some city hospitals so badly that they can’t treat blast victims.
The New York Times reported that at least four were too damaged to admit patients, while other reports describe destroyed and damaged facilities.
The director of one intensive care unit was walking home during the blast, found his apartment destroyed, and then went back to work only to find the hospital ruined too.
A warehouse housing medicine and much of the country’s vaccine may also have been damaged, the Times reported.
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Hospitals in Beirut, Lebanon, were so badly damaged in Tuesday’s massive explosion that they could not admit any patients from the blast, which also hit a warehouse that housed much of the country’s vaccine supply.
Lebanon’s prime minister said the explosion on Tuesday was caused by a port warehouse containing more than 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate.
It leveled parts of the city and, according to the Lebanese Red Cross, killed at least 100 people and some 4,000.
Healthcare workers were among those killed. Rescue workers were still searching for survivors the next day.
Multiple reports said that hospitals in the city were badly hit, and have been left unable or struggling to treat patients from the blast.
The New York Times, citing doctors, reported that at least four of the city’s hospitals were too damaged to admit patients.
Al Jazeera Middle East reported that at least three of the city’s hospitals had been destroyed, and two more damaged.
And the hospitals still running in the city have been overwhelmed.
Ghazi Balkiz, a CNN producer in Lebanon reported “chaotic scenes” in the emergency room of one hospital as doctors tried to sort through and address peoples’ injuries.
He said: “Some people had broken limbs, some showered with glass”
“I walked in, I saw a few people lying on the floor — doctors trying to put IVs into them. A couple of people were passed out.”
One nurse at the St. George Hospital ran into the hospital’s intensive care unit and picked up three premature babies, holding them to her chest and calling for help after the ceiling partially collapsed and the unit’s glass shattered, the Times reported.
Dr. Joseph Haddad, the director of the intensive care unit, was walking home from work during when the blast happened, and he found his apartment ruined, the Times said.
He then went back to work to help patients, but found the hospital had also been destroyed.
“The patients were coming down the stairs, the elevators weren’t working. They were walking down from as high as nine floors up,” he said.
“It was the deepest hell of an apocalypse. When I went back to my home an hour later, people were crying in the streets.”
He said that at least four nurses from the hospital died, and that five of its doctors were wounded.
Hamad Hasan, Lebanon’s health minister, said that the chaos in the city made treating patients difficult.
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