Aqaba residents demand new hospital

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AMMAN — Aqaba residents and the Aqaba Governorate Council are demanding that officials reopen the Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed field hospital and transform it into a government hospital with an emergency room and a specialized care unit, Khaberni reported.


It has been a year since the Mohammed bin Zayed Hospital, created to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic, was closed.


The council has allocated JD5 million over the next three years to reopen the hospital, but is hoping that government agencies and donor agencies will cover the remaining costs, according to the head of the council, Imad Amr.


The officials’ promises “have gone unanswered”, residents said, highlighting that a new hospital director has been appointed, but no work has been done on the hospital.


A preliminary study by the Ministry of Health determined that Aqaba Governorate, which is home to 220,000 people, needs a civilian hospital with about 150 additional beds.


The governorate is currently served by the Prime Hashem Military Hospital, with 183 beds, and the private Islamic Hospital, with 46 beds.اضافة اعلان

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