Published: 2017-07-20 09:51
Last Updated: 2017-07-20 11:03
The Minister of Health, Mohammad Al Shayyab, has ordered the closure of a private hospital in Zarqa city, northeast of Jordan’s capital Amman, after discovering that the body of a child had been kept in one of its food fridges instead of a mortuary refrigerator.
The body was discovered when a video of the deceased was shared on social media.
Hatem Al Azrai, official spokesman for the ministry, said in a statement on Wednesday that after watching the video, Dr. Shayyab ordered an immediate investigation into the matter.
Dr. Shayyab also held an urgent meeting with the Private Hospitals Committee to discuss the legal measures that should be taken against the hospital, in accordance with the ministry’s laws.
Following a thorough investigation, it was evident that the hospital had breached several health and safety laws in the past.
Keeping inpatients’ well-being in mind, the ministry has reportedly given the hospital three days to discharge its patients and have them transferred to nearby hospitals.
While many social media users were terribly distressed by the incident, others sympathized with the hospital employee who committed the offence, arguing that “if the morgue has reached its full capacity, there is nothing else the staff could have done.”