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    A Lavish new hospital which was opened in Jordan on January I is not yet operating fully, because of staff shortage.

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    GV EXTERIOR.. hospital

    MV INTERIOR.. reception lounge

    MV & CU Doctor examining small boy (4 shots)

    GV Nurses in dispensary (3 shots)

    MV Nurses wheel food trolley, distribute food to patients (2 shots)

    MV & GV Patients being examined in wards (3 shots)

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    Background: A Lavish new hospital which was opened in Jordan on January I is not yet operating fully, because of staff shortage. There are only 13 doctors and 60 nurses to the Amman Civil Hospital, which is scheduled fore an official inauguration ceremony under the patronage of King Hussein on April 28. During its first month only 85 patients were treated, among them 38 surgery cases.

    The hospital, in a suburb 10 kilometres north of the centre of Amman, is as well equipped as any in the world, having the latest medical and electronic devices. It has been founded with the promise that is will accept patients form anywhere in the world. The hospital is associated with Jordan University, and will be training centre for medical students, nurses and medical technicians.

    The 650 bed hospital has fifteen floors, including two below ground. It was built and equipped by Eni-Impex, a French-belgian consortium. The first phase, now in operation, includes 132 beds covering most general services. There is also a burn unit, intensive care unit and emergency department in the first phase.

    SYNOPSIS: Jordan has a new lavish hospital. It's situated in a suburb of Amman, close to the University of Jordan, which will use its facilities for training doctors, nurses and medical technicians.

    The first phase came into operation at the beginning of the year. But although it includes 132 beds, only 85 people were treated in the first month the hospital was functioning. The reason is a shortage of trained doctors and nurses.

    There are only 13 doctors and sixty nurses at the hospital so far, and the first phase is unlikely to be operating fully when an inauguration ceremony is held on April 28. The ceremony will be performed by King Hussein, and it'll be followed by a medical conference. Doctors from all over the world have been invited. They'll see round the fifteen-storey building, which has two floors underground and boasts the latest in medical and electronic equipment. Everything from emergency treatment to food distribution has been planned on the most up-to-date principles.

    A French and Belgian consortium built and equipped the hospital, which was opened with the declaration that it would accept patients from anywhere in the world. The fees will be heavily subsidised, because the government wants to make medical care available to everybody.

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