Kazakh Military Doctors Treat Patients Caught in Blast in Lebanon

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh military doctors are currently in Lebanon providing medical care to people who suffered from a devastating blast in Beirut, reported Kazakh Defense Ministry press service. 

Kazakh doctor examines a child in a Lebanese hospital. Photo credit: Kazakh Ministry of Defense

The tragedy occurred Aug. 4 and was caused by the detonation of 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored unsafely at a warehouse in the port. More than 200 people were killed and nearly 5,000 injured in a massive explosion. 

The doctors arrived in Beirut Aug. 10 at the instruction of Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev himself. 

The group, which includes 29 medical workers and four translators from Kazakhstan’s Armed Forces, has been receiving patients at military hospitals and city hospitals in Beirut, Bouar, Machghara, and Sayda.

Photo credit: Kazakh Ministry of Defense

“Among the patients are people who were in the area and hit by a blast wave as a result of the detonation of ammonium nitrate. Kazakh doctors are involved in surgical, trauma and therapeutic procedures. They take active participation in the work of intensive care and anesthesiology departments, surgeries, including endoprosthesis. Medical workers also organized a medical station to provide outpatient care,” said the ministry in a press release. 

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