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PM orders immediate investigation into Salt hospital deaths

6 die in hospital due to oxygen disruption; health minister resigns

By JT - Mar 13,2021 - Last updated at Mar 13,2021

Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Bisher Al Khasawneh

AMMAN — Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Bisher Al Khasawneh on Saturday ordered an immediate investigation into an oxygen supply disruption at the Salt Public Hospital, which left six patients dead. 

Khasawneh pledged that the investigation will be “clear, transparent and comprehensive, and that all details will be disclosed to the public”, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. 

The prime minister said he ordered the President of the Judicial Council to lead the fact-finding team and ensure the results of the probe are released independently and clearly. The premier also vowed that those found responsible for the incident will be held accountable as per the law.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Nathir Obeidat said that he tendered his resignation to the prime minister after the disruption of oxygen at the hospital for one hour, which led to six deaths, noting that he bears the responsibility of what happened. 

Speaking at a conference held at the hospital, Obeidat said that there was an oxygen outage took place at the hospital’s ICU sections, which prompted implementing some alternative procedures, such as providing alternative oxygen units, but the incident resulted in six deaths, noting that an investigation was still ongoing, Petra added.  

The minister stressed that “death does not have justification” and those responsible for the incident will be held accountable, noting that a committee of the attorney general’s office is investigating the incident.

He added that the investigation will be made at the technical and health levels. 


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