Jordan investigates power outage at designated COVID-19 hospital

Source: Xinhua| 2021-07-25 18:38:36|Editor: huaxia

AMMAN, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The Jordanian government on Sunday ordered an investigation into a power outage incident that caused at least one death late Saturday at a private hospital rented by the government to treat COVID-19 patients here.

The investigation aims to reveal the causes of the power outage and the death case reported afterward, and the impartiality and integrity of the probe results will be ensured, said Minister of State for Media Affairs Sakher Dudin in a statement.

According to local Ammon News Agency, the husband of a woman who died in the incident said the power outage lasted for about 24 minutes and the medical staff had tried to rescue his wife but to no avail, adding that the civil defense personnel had also rushed to rescue the patients.

Health Minister Firas Al-Hawari visited the hospital and confirmed to local media that two patients had died, while the first death was recorded some 20 minutes before the power cut.

In March, Jordan's former Health Minister Nathir Obeidat resigned after several COVID-19 patients died following oxygen outage at a government hospital. Enditem