Treasury spent JD3 billion to combat pandemic — PM

Jordan purchased 18 million vaccine doses, the prime minister said on Saturday. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/JNews)
Jordan purchased 18 million vaccine doses, the prime minister said on Saturday. (Photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — Prime Minister Bisher Al-Khasawneh said that the volume of public spending on the coronavirus pandemic and its repercussions in the areas of health care, social protection, and support for the affected sectors since the beginning of the crisis until the end of last year exceeded JD3 billion, according to local media outlets.اضافة اعلان

Speaking on Saturday at the opening of a conference on Jordan’s experience in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic, the prime minister said that 18 million vaccine doses were purchased by the Kingdom, pointing out that this matter was followed up by His Majesty King Abdullah and supervised by HRH Crown Prince Hussein.

Several agencies and ministries that had dealt with the pandemic through crisis management are participating in the two-day conference that is organized by the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET).

Khasawneh said that the right decisions were taken during the pandemic in a manner that took into account both health and economic aspects. He added that health cadres were working around the clock to deal with all challenges, the most important of which was to ensure bed capacity in hospitals, indicating that the gradual opening of economic sectors proved correct.

“We have worked to boost the health sector capabilities in record time by 350 percent by establishing field hospitals, providing thousands of isolation and intensive care beds and respirators, and appointing thousands of doctors, nurses and technicians,” he said.

Jordan was a success story in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic, which showcased the national institutions’ potential for innovation and achievement, and its people’s readiness to make sacrifices in the “darkest circumstances”, Khasawneh added.

“His Majesty the King insisted on acquiring respirators at the beginning of the pandemic, and therefore we had no shortage of them, thanks to the foresight, great wisdom, and respect enjoyed by His Majesty King Abdullah, and this enabled us to maximize our capacity of medical devices and vaccinations during the pandemic,” he added.

Khasawneh pointed out that Jordan was not spared the effects of the pandemic, which posed great challenges at the time, adding that the COVID-19 repercussions went far beyond the catastrophic impact on health, leading to the erosion of global economic and trade structures, as it curtailed movement, changed habits and behaviors, and disrupted educational systems and development plans.

He stressed that about 2,500 employees, including doctors, nurses, pharmacists, support medical workers, and laboratory specialists were appointed overnight to address the pandemic.

EMPHNET Executive Director and conference chairman Mohannad Ensour said the meeting will shine light on the key results and lessons learned from the pandemic, and the challenges Jordan and the health sector have experienced.

He said the conference will tackle the national response, and the roles and responsibilities of concerned parties.

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