The health of the Jordanian citizen is a top priority of His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, who continually stresses the matter, whether during his field visits or through royal speeches and letters to the government. The King’s keenness to improve the standard of health- care services for citizens in different regions of the Kingdom, especially in remote areas, led King Abdullah to monitor these services personally, both by his declared official visits and through unannounced visits to health-care institutions.
The King has taken this approach since he ascended the throne in 1999, seeking to secure health- care services suited to citizens’ needs. Thus, he was keen on the development of infrastructure and services at the health-care institutions in various areas of the Kingdom and to provide what is required for the maintenance and updating of these institutions, the establishment of new institutions in new areas, and the improvement of the level of services whenever the need arises.
His Majesty has also focused on providing qualified medical, nursing and administrative cadres and the advanced medical equipment needed to deliver quality services to citizens and improve their standard of living. Thanks to these royal directives and the efforts of various national institutions, Jordan has been able to achieve significant progress in this area. The good reputation enjoyed by the medical sector in Jordan has attracted “medical tourists” from the region and around the world.
A related issue given King Abdullah’s attention is the expansion of health insurance coverage to eventually achieve comprehensive health insurance. In the meantime, the royal makruma (donation) aims to insure the poorest individuals and their families, especially children and the elderly, and to offer the opportunity to purchase optional insurance for other citizens who can afford it but are uninsured.King Hussein Institute for Cancer and Biotechnology Research
His Majesty King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein laid the foundation stone for the King Hussein Institute for Cancer and Biotechnology Research in March 2008 in order to keep abreast of the latest international scientific and medical developments to treat cancer patients and provide them with the necessary care. This institute will coordinate and cooperate with all the therapeutic specialised research centres in the scientific study of tumours in the Kingdom, the region and the world.
Services to be provided by the institute surpass the traditional methods in the treatment of cancer, advancing into the area of scientific research and development in science and technology, in order to convert the Kingdom into a developed treatment and educational haven at the regional and global levels.
The institute will work to attract cancer patients from Jordan and the countries of the region, in addition to Europe and the United States, by providing a distinguished level of world-class special services and medical care, which will promote the medical tourism sector in Jordan. It will also contribute to placing the name of the Kingdom at the top of the list of leading countries in the development of medical and scientific research.
The institute consists of several facilities, including a specialist cancer hospital equipped with all infrastructure facilities matching the highest international standards for dealing with cancer in the most advanced methods, starting from clinical examination and diagnosis of disease, to providing treatment, in addition to proposing methods of prevention. The 250 to 300-bed hospital will include outpatient clinics, an emergency building and the infrastructure necessary for international networks.
The institute also will include a specialised residential facility for elderly patients, recreational facilities and conference rooms, hotels to host young cancer patients and their families from Jordan and abroad, special playgrounds and recreational facilities.
Advanced biotechnology research facilities will contribute to the establishment of a unique and pioneering research centre that offers the opportunity for Jordanian experts and scientists from all over the world to develop their contributions and exchange knowledge. It is expected that the institution will provide a nucleus for biomedical research in Jordan that will help keep or attract scientists and doctors to Jordan.
The institute will be built on a piece of land overlooking the Dead Sea, donated by His Majesty King Abdullah. It will be linked to the American and international research centres in order to ensure the rapid exchange of information, data and the latest findings in the field of cancer and methods of treatment, as well as to provide the necessary requirements to host local or international medical and scientific conferences. It will be equipped with the most developed laboratories and the latest communication technologies.Queen Rania Al Abdullah Children’s Hospital
His Majesty King Abdullah II laid the foundation stone of the Queen Rania Al Abdullah Children’s Hospital in September 2005. This hospital will provide outstanding integrated medical, social and rehabilitative services for children, a centre for research and special studies of childhood diseases and a centre for education and training of doctors, medical students and nurses.
The hospital will be a distinctive and sophisticated one in the Middle East, meeting the growing needs of the local and regional community in the area of pediatrics.
Establishing such a specialised hospital improves the quality of health care, increases the number of beds for children according to international standards and provides comprehensive health facilities appropriate to children.
The hospital is built in Al Hussein Medical City. It includes three sections: the emergency unit; internal departments; and outpatient clinics. It has 200 beds in addition to 60 beds in the emergency unit. The hospital will have a distinct cadre of more than 500 officers and non-commissioned officers of doctors, administrators, certified nurses, and medical support staff in various pediatric specialisations.