Published: 2017-08-28 14:51
Last Updated: 2017-08-28 14:52
In Jordan, there is a running joke about Al-Bashir Hospital, one of the country’s most well-known and biggest public hospitals.
“Whoever is admitted to Al-Bashir Hospital, may they rest in peace.”
Surely the Ministry of Health is well-aware of the hospital’s unhealthy reputation? Mahmoud Al Shayyab, the Minister of Health, made a surprise visit to Al-Bashir on Monday morning, where he assured its management and staff that his ministry is doing everything in its power to support them and improve their services.
Shayyab said that a comprehensive plan has been drawn to come up with a way to develop and improve the quality of services and health education in Al-Bashir.
The ministry’s plan focuses on training and educating the hospital’s staff, as well as exchanging medical knowledge between the ministry’s staff and hospital’s medical staff in order to diagnose and treat their patients better.
Almost 50 thousand people visit the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department every month, while the same number of patients visit the outpatient clinics on a monthly basis, according to the hospital’s manager, Dr. Ammar Al Shorafa.
Dr. Shorafa said that a new intensive care unit has been set up with eight beds in total - four for men and four for women - and top medical equipment.
Maybe Al-Bashir will get a clean bill of health after all!