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Lawmakers discuss Gardens Hospital issue with minister as family of deceased disputes official accounts

The late Sanaa Al-Najjar's husband, Ziad Al-Daghamin, who has a PhD in Islamic law, told Jordan News that “the reason for my wife’s death in Gardens Hospital is a power outage, which led to an oxygen
The late Sanaa Al-Najjar's husband, Ziad Al-Daghamin, who has a PhD in Islamic law, told Jordan News that “the reason for my wife’s death in Gardens Hospital is a power outage, which led to an oxygen shortage for seven to eight minutes.” (Photo: Jordan News)
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AMMAN — The husband of one of the individuals who died following a power outage at Gardens Hospital is disputing the hospital director’s claims that her death was unrelated to the outage, as a minister vowed to intensify oversight to prevent such incidents in the future. اضافة اعلان

The late Sanaa Al-Najjar's husband, Ziad Al-Daghamin, who has a PhD in Islamic law, told Jordan News that “the reason for my wife’s death in Gardens Hospital is a power outage, which led to an oxygen shortage for seven to eight minutes.”

He stressed that the power outage occurred only in the hospitals’ monitors. He also denied Gardens Hospital director’s claim that he called him at 5 pm informing him that his wife’s condition was getting worse.

The husband also said that his three children were with the mother on the day of the power outage. Doctors and nursing staff worked on providing CPR to his wife, but to no avail. He also said that a video documents the incident.

He mentioned that his wife’s health was good until the date of her second dose of the Sinopharm vaccine on June 21. She was unable to take the vaccine because she started showing flu-like symptoms. She was advised by medical staff at vaccination centers to get tested for COVID-19 and tested positive.

She was then hospitalized and slowly began to recover.
He also denied the hospital director’s claims that the monitors work automatically in the state of any power outage.

The outage occurred late on Saturday night. One individual died shortly before the outage and another died around an hour and a half after.

"The cause of the two deaths was not related to the power outage, but their health condition was critical," the director of Gardens Hospital, Fayez Abu Humaidan, told Jordan News. He said that the hospital has three generators and that the hospital’s devices can continue to work for twenty minutes after the electrical source is cut off.

Director of Forensic Medicine at Al-Basheer Hospital Hassan Al-Hawari said in remarks to Jordan News that "the forensic team is still working on the process of autopsy, and the general prosecutor is supervising the process."

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Sakher Dudin said Saturday night in a statement that the Public Attorney office was tasked by the government to initiate an investigation into the incident and come up with an "impartial and accurate report."

The issue of the power outage at was top on the agenda of Monday meeting of the Lower House’s Health and Environment Committee on Monday, which summoned Minister of Health Firas Al-Hawari.

The committee’s chair, Ahmed Al-Sarahneh, told Jordan News following the meeting that that the hearing was held to discuss on the power outage which hit Gardens hospital earlier this week.

“We stressed that the ministry must take action and monitor all hospitals and their affiliated centers, while it must also pay regular field visits, review the laws governing the work of hospital, and conduct quality and accreditation exams following the international standards,” a panel member said.

During the meeting, Hawari noted that what happened in the Gardens Hospital was caused by an "electrical short-circuit that may occur in any hospital in the world," noting that the death case was found to have a severe pulmonary embolism caused by a lack of oxygen. The health minister vowed that his ministry “would do everything possible to avoid such incidents in the future.”

Amman Public Attorney Hassan Al-Abdallat has decided to form a five-member investigation team to look into Gardens Hospital power outage. The team commenced the investigation procedures, by inspecting the incident, securing the medical files of the dead, and collecting all evidence that would help in the investigation. An autopsy was carried out by the National Center for Forensic Medicine at Al-Bashir Hospital to stand at the cause of death.

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