King inaugurates Emergency Hospital at Al Bashir, directs government to improve quality of public health services

16 August 2020

His Majesty King Abdullah, accompanied by Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, on Sunday inaugurated the new Emergency Hospital affiliated with Al Bashir Public Hospital, established to accommodate the growing number of patients.

Work on the emergency hospital had begun in 2018, following Royal directives to improve medical services and enhance the hospital’s infrastructure and readiness.

During the visit, King Abdullah directed the government to enhance public healthcare services, stressing the importance of expanding health insurance coverage and streamlining procedures for patients.

His Majesty toured various wards of the Emergency Hospital, which extends over 22,000 square metres with the capacity of 162 beds, 55 of which are equipped with ventilators in the Intensive Care Unit.

The King, accompanied on the tour by Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, was briefed by Health Minister Saad Jaber on the four-storey Emergency Hospital, which was funded by USAID at a cost of JD21 million.

The building includes a helipad for medical evacuation aircraft, and a bridge connecting it to the main Al Bashir Public Hospital.

During the visit, His Majesty also toured the Oncology Ward at Al Bashir Public Hospital, which was rehabilitated at the initiative of the Himmetna voluntary campaign team.

The King commended the partnership and cooperation between private sector institutions and civil society organisations, which culminated in the completion of the Oncology Ward.

Himmetna Executive Director Fadia Samara briefed His Majesty on the rehabilitation process of the ward, which extends over an area of 1,400 square metres, with a 40-bed capacity, noting that the JD1.5 million project was covered through the financial contributions of institutions, companies, and individuals, as well as in-kind donations by suppliers and manufacturers.

Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, Adviser to His Majesty for Communication and Coordination Bisher Khasawneh, Adviser to His Majesty for Policies and Media Kemal Al Nasser, and Minister of Public Works and Housing Falah Omoush accompanied the King on the visit.