Queen Alia of Jordan, standing in for King Hussein, inaugurated Amman's new civil hospital on Saturday (28 April).
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Background: Queen Alia of Jordan, standing in for King Hussein, inaugurated Amman's new civil hospital on Saturday (28 April). The hospital, in the campus of Jordan University, is considered unique in the Arab world. It has been fully equipped with the most advanced medical and electronic devices used in the world's most elaborate hospitals. A few days before the inauguration, King Hussein had left hospital after treatment for a virus infection.
Eventually, the hospital will have a capacity of 650 beds. The first phase consists of 132 beds, with the remainder being brought into operation in several stages. Medical authorities say the phasing-in of full capacity is to ensure high standards of medical care are maintained from the start.
The hospital is a non-profit organisation, with medical charges at a minimum. The income from fees will be only a smell part of the hospital's total operation budget. Apart from bed capacity, the centre has the facilities to treat one thousand visiting patients a day. Specialist services include general surgery, orthopaedics, urology, gynaecology, ear, nose and throat, open chest surgery, obstetrics, internal medicine, intensive-care unit, burns unit and emergency department.
The day after inauguration, the hospital was host to an international medical symposium, with doctors attending from 25 countries. The hospital started operation in January this year... four and a half years after construction began. The hospital was financed, constructed, equipped and furnished by a Belgia-French company.