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Power outage in Gardens Hospital reportedly claims 2 lives, gov’t launches investigation

By Batool Ghaith - Jul 25,2021 - Last updated at Jul 25,2021

Police stand guard outside Gardens Hospital in the early hours of Sunday (JT photo)

AMMAN — The government on Sunday announced that it has launched an investigation into the power outage in Gardens Hospital in the early hours of Sunday, which reportedly claimed the lives of two patients. The incident has sparked an outcry on social media.

Minister of State for Media Affairs and Government Spokesperson Sakher Dudin on Sunday said that upon receiving news of the power outage in Gardens Hospital, the relevant government agencies immediately began investigating the incident, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

Five public prosecutors have launched an investigation into the power outage incident at Gardens Hospital, according to Petra.

The two bodies of the deceased were sent to the National Institute of Forensic Medicine at Al Bashir Hospital for autopsy.

The hashtag #GardensHospital has been trending on Twitter all night.

Jordanian citizen Salwa Khaled reminisced on the loss due to the similar incident in Al Salt Hospital in March. “History repeats itself in Gardens Hospital. We lost a number of people who were dear to our hearts in Al Salt hospital as a result of the neglect from the ones who are in charge. Unfortunately, we do not learn from past mistakes,” she tweeted in Arabic.

Hani Hamadneh, another Jordanian twitter user expressed his sadness over the incident. “How ready were the power generators that operate immediately after the emergency power outage? Do people’s lives no longer have value?” he tweeted in Arabic.

Twitter user Bilal Saada emphasised that there is absolutely no justification for “this crime”. He claimed that public and private hospitals charge unjustified fees, which should be sufficient for maintenance procedures. “Those responsible for this incident must be held accountable,” he tweeted in Arabic.

As the investigation into the two deaths at the hospital proceeds, several videos of the deceased family members and witnesses are spreading on social media platforms. People in the videos claimed that the power outage lasted for more than 20 minutes and caused the oxygen shortage.

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