Health Ministry’s CPR center receives AHA accreditation

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Health’s Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Training Center received accreditation from the American Heart Association (AHA), allowing ministry staff to be trained on advanced cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

During a ceremony attended by Spanish Ambassador Miguel de Lucas and acting deputy mission director USAID Emily Krunic, Health Minister Firas Al-Hawari said AHA’s accreditation of the CPR center is a major step in the ministry’s commitment to improving the skills of healthcare practitioners in Jordan.

He said that the establishment of the CPR center had significantly improved training by providing more than 8,000 health professionals with access to 550 basic and advanced life support courses.

The Life Support Programs Training Center is an initiative of the Jordanian Ministry of Health, with facilities in Amman, Irbid and Karak, according to a press statement.

It said the facilities have been renovated and equipped with funding from the Spanish government and USAID.

The center offers basic and advanced life support training, and is certified by the AHA to offer the advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) provider course, a critical care training and certification program designed to immediately save the lives of people who suffer medical emergencies, according to the statement.

The center is supervised by the Medical Education and Training Directorate at the Ministry of Health.

With support from USAID, and the Spanish Cooperation, the center now has seven AHA ACLS-certified instructors, who have trained 152 Ministry of Health professionals on advanced life-saving procedures.

The target is to provide high-quality training to all 25,000 medical staff working at a hospital in Jordan.

Hawari, the minister of health, said: “We are constantly working to advance healthcare services provided to citizens through continuous education, especially in emergency and ICU wards.”

“The COVID-19 health crisis has unveiled major needs for the sector,” he said. “We are continuously improving to ensure that the Ministry of Health responds to these needs while building our capacity to provide expert services to citizens.”

Hawari said the certification is a significant stride in the ministry’s commitment to continuously improving Jordan’s healthcare practitioner’s skills.

The Life Support Programs Training Center was established in 2021, with support from USAID, as part of the US long-time assistance to the healthcare sector in Jordan.

The USAID-funded Local Health Sustainability Project has provided the center with special ACLS and basic life support training tools, mannequins, and training materials.

The project has also trained hundreds of healthcare professionals on basic life support skills. 

Krunic, the USAID deputy mission director, said that “building the capacity of health workers in Jordan is fundamental to advancing health services and protecting lives across the Kingdom”.

“USAID and Jordan share a longstanding partnership to strengthen the country’s health system, and enhance the quality of healthcare services,” Krunic pointed out.

The training center has also received significant support through a government-to-government grant from the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation to the Ministry of Health, to provide the needed equipment, and improve the physical conditions of the Life Support Programs Training Center in Amman and Irbid. De Lucas, the Spanish ambassador to Jordan, said: “Spain, as a close and committed partner to Jordan, firmly believes that working together with the Government of Jordan is the best way forward to progress on Sustainable Development Goals by strengthening public services for all”.

“Spain is supporting the improvement of the health of Jordanians and refugees by strengthening Jordan’s public health system through government-to-government financial support to the Ministry of Health, strengthening its capacities and promoting de-concentration in the management and delivery of basic health care in order to achieve universal health coverage,” the envoy noted.

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