King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan opened the Emergency Hospital at Al Bashir on Sunday, 16 August. The new hospital is affiliated with Al Bashir Public Hospital in Amman.
The new 22,000 square metre Emergency Hospital was built to help accommodate the influx of new patients. Construction began in 2018 after a royal directive, and it has been completed at a good time as the world is continuing to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Jordan has had 1,283 cases and 11 deaths. So far, 1,189 have recovered in the Middle Eastern state.
The new facility was constructed to help improve medical services and improve infrastructure; it also includes a helipad for medical evacuation aircrafts and a bridge that connects it to the Al Bashir Public Hospital.
Their Majesties toured various wards in the hospital, and the King spoke about the need to expand health insurance and streamlining patient procedures.
After their visit, the Queen posted a photo on her Instagram account showing her and the King in the new emergency and oncology wards.
King Abdullah and Queen Rania were briefed on the rehabilitation process of the Oncology Ward and how it was funded through institutions, companies, and individuals and donations.
Their Majesties were joined on their visit by the Minister of Public Works and Housing Falah Omoush and Royal Hashemite Court Chief Yousef Issawi, among others.