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Council tackles health sector report in discussions with experts

(Photo: Petra)
AMMAN — The Economic and Social Council Tuesday tackled the section of its “State of the Country Report” pertaining to the Jordanian health sector, as part of a series of discussion that brings together a group of experts from the public and private sectors.اضافة اعلان

Mitri Madanat, the council’s secretary-general, highlighted the health sector's challenges and achievements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Challenges, he indicated, include weak governance and poor management and numerous government entities running health services and the lack of coordination between them, in addition to weak monitoring of the private health sector.

However, Madanat underscored the cohesion of the Jordanian health sector in the face of the pandemic, and riding out the first and second waves by conducting tests, providing vaccinations quickly, and establishing field hospitals, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.

For his part, Adel Bilbeisi, health adviser at the Prime Ministry and COVID-19 point man, pointed out two key challenges facing the sector: a shortage of staff and the lack of a unified system of information.

Participants in the session attributed the problem to a "flawed" civil service system, urging a decentralized appointment of health staff. To that end, they recommended developing a scholarship program for Jordanian doctors to study abroad and prioritizing digitization.

Moreover, participants stressed the importance of cooperation between universities and civil medical services with the public sector, activating strategies and following up and evaluating them, conducting research, putting in place binding strategies, and increasing the powers of hospitals' general managers.

Head of the Private Hospitals Association Fawzi Hammouri said the fight against the pandemic has upped the partnership between the public and private sectors, including the provision of PCR testing, immunization, and treatment services.

In the upcoming weeks, the council will hold discussion sessions that bring together experts and stakeholders from the macro economy, infrastructure, human resources, community development, and community development, in addition to discussing political development and the development of the public sector.

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