Jerash: The Ancient Roman City in Jordan
Jerash residents have appealed to authorities to remedy the health services situation in the governorate and improve other services and development sectors. Citizens called for establishing another hospital in the city of Jersah to help ease the burden on the sole public hospital in the town, 45 kilometers north of Amman. They also complained about a shortage in equipment, medics and specialists.
Last week, His Majesty King Abdullah visited the village of Raimoun in Jerash and checked the condition of Al Razi Primary Health Center, at which two general physicians treat scores of patients everyday. The center’s building is in good condition, but lack of specialized medical staff limits health services provided to nearly 12,000 residents of Raimoun and neighboring villages like Kitteh. The problem also burdens the main hospital, Abdul Rahman Etoum, assistant director of Jerash Health Department, told The Jordan Times then. He added that it was necessary to transform the center into a comprehensive facility to ensure quality medical services.
There have been similar complaints regarding health services in the Kingdom.
Citizens in other parts of Jordan have also been calling for improvements to health services, complaining of symptoms of understaffing, depletion of resources, and lack of vital utilities, among others, at medical faculties.
Jamil Totanji Hospital in Sahab, for example, is well- equipped but is short of specialists and nurses, officials have said. The situation has led to a drop in bed occupancy over the past few years.
Sources at the Ministry of Health say that the understaffing problem is a general one and is not peculiar to a certain hospital. To address it, senior specialists at the ministry are working on a mechanism to distribute the available cadres among the country’s hospitals.
Previous reports pinpointed the problem of dozens of new health employees declining to serve in areas outside major cities. Citizens in Karak have also complained of a shortage in some medical services in the governorate.
However, Jordan seems to retain its good reputation in the health field, especially with regard to training, including programs offered to Arab medical staff.
On Saturday, 17 Yemeni physicians graduated from the Jordan Health Academy after completing a training course in community medicine organized by the Health Ministry and the World Health Organization. The course was part of a training program to upgrade the efficiency of doctors in providing primary healthcare and preventative medicine services.
By Yousef Hasanat
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