BEIRUT: Several cases of tuberculosis have been discovered among Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Health Minister Ali Hasan Khalil said Monday.
“We have discovered a number of tuberculosis cases that not only could spread among Syrian refugees but to Lebanese communities accommodating Syrian refugees,” Khalil told a meeting of donor countries at the Grand Serail.
The Lebanese government itself has recently launched its own $178 million Syrian refugee response plan, based on a figure of 130,000 people.
However the total figures of those registered or waiting to register has already reached more than 158,000, and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees continues to register around 1,500 refugees every day across Lebanon.
Local charities and activists say many more refugees are coming into the country daily, but only a portion have sought the help of the U.N. and are included in the count.