On Saturday, after seven people died following an oxygen outage in a hospital treating coronavirus patients, Jordan's health minister was dismissed. Here police were deployed to hold back hundreds of angry relatives. For your information let us share that the oxygen failure on Saturday hit intensive care, maternity and coronavirus wards in the new Salt government hospital west of the capital Amman.
For your information let us share that Prime Minister Bisher al Khaswaneh said he had fired Health Minister Nathir Obeidat. In a public apology, he said his government bore full responsibility for the incident. "This is a gross mistake that cannot be justified or accepted. I feel ashamed of it and won't justify it," Khaswaneh said, adding that he was awaiting the results of a judicial investigation.
However, it is to be noted that King Abdullah visited the hospital, in a move that officials said was intended to defuse tensions. Anger with the authorities has in the past triggered civil unrest in Jordan. "How can a hospital like this see something like this happening?" he said on entering the multi-million-dollar hospital, which went into operation only last August. Some politicians said the incident pointed to major mismanagement in government hospitals. Jordan reported 8,300 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, the highest daily death toll since the pandemic first surfaced in the kingdom a year ago.