Parliamentary committee discusses shortages of medicines in gov’t hospitals

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AMMAN — During a parliamentary Health and Environment Committee meeting Tuesday, the head of the committee, MP Firas Al-Qudah, discussed the severe shortage of medicines in government hospitals in Jordan. اضافة اعلان

The meeting was attended by the Minister of Health Firas Al-Hawari, and the two undersecretaries of the ministry for epidemic and communicable diseases, Raed Al-Shboul, and for technical and administrative affairs, Elham Khreisat, as well as a number of doctors.

According to Jo24, the meeting addressed several topics related to the health sector in Jordan, including the procedures followed in transferring doctors in the Ministry of Health, the situation of health centers in the Kingdom, as well as the development and updating of the services provided by the ministry.

Calls for salary list and construction of hospitalsVarious MPs called for the release of the doctors' salaries list and emphasized the importance of solving the problem of the shortage of medicines in government hospitals and health centers.

They also called for the construction of hospitals in various governorates to alleviate the pressure on citizens and promote medical tourism in the Kingdom.

Hospital development plansHawari provided updates on the development plans for hospitals in Jordan.

Al-Aqaba Hospital will be converted into a hospital for children and kidney dialysis. Additionally, an agreement was signed between the ministry and the Royal Medical Services to perform catheterization operations at Al-Karak Governmental Hospital.

He added that plans are underway to update Ajloun Hospital to provide its services to the northern region, and a hospital in Irbid with a capacity of 550 beds, which could reach 650 beds, will be built to specialize in catheterization, tumors, and other diseases.

Minister denies rumorsHawari denied rumors about the bankruptcy of the Health Insurance Fund and emphasized that the services provided by the health sector in the Kingdom are stronger and better than before, during, and after the coronavirus pandemic.

He also discussed the importance of promoting medical tourism in the Kingdom and the three conferences held to encourage it.

Shortage of medicines in hospitalsRegarding the shortage of medicines in hospitals, Hawari attributed the delay in settling accounts with drug warehouses and companies as a reason for the shortage.

If medicines are not available in hospitals or centers, he said, prescriptions can be stamped to be dispensed from private pharmacies based on health insurance.

A smartphone application is also available to deliver medicines to sick citizens for JD2.

Hawari highlighted that the restructuring of the ministry achieved a saving of JD2.26 million, which had a positive impact on the services provided by the ministry to citizens.

He also emphasized that building a hospital does not mean the closure of King Abdullah University Hospital

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