Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri, the President of the Private Hospitals Association, stressed during his speech at the opening of the first Promotional Conference for Pioneering Medical Surgeries in Jordan, that the achievement of medical successes in the Kingdom is constant, and that the achievements of the medical sector in Jordan over decades have placed Jordan in a leading position in the field of Medical Tourism at the regional and global level. AL-Hammouri stressed that many of these achievements were in the royal medical services in addition to university and private hospitals. Among the medical achievements are the first open-heart surgery in 1970, the first kidney transplant in 1972, the first heart transplant in 1985, the first stem cell transplant in 1985, and the first child Tubes in 1987 and most recently the first Siamese twin separation in 2021.
Al-Hammouri also indicated his participation in the vision of economic modernization launched recently under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II, where healthcare and Medical Tourism were among the priorities of economic growth mentioned in the vision, praising His Majesty King Abdullah II’s keenness to develop the health sector in Jordan and maintain its position.
Al-Hammouri spoke about the partnership between the public and private health sectors, which was evident during the emerging Corona Virus pandemic, as the two sectors combined efforts to contain this pandemic, which achieved outstanding success in providing curative care to all Corona patients in Jordanian hospitals, while major countries were unable to do so.
Dr. Al-Hammouri participated in a discussion session on Medical Tourism in Jordan, with the participation of the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Nayef Al-Fayez, and the General Secretary of the Ministry of Health, Dr. Elham Khreisat, on behalf of the Minister of Health, and the Director of Medical Services, Dr. Yousef Zureikat, in addition to Dr. Assem Mansour, the General Director of the King Hussein Cancer Center.
Al-Hammouri said that the sector has witnessed a remarkable improvement since the beginning of 2022 in the number of incoming patients compared to last year
He stressed the importance of partnership and cooperation among all concerned sectors to maintain Jordan's leadership as a regional center for treatment.
Al-Hammouri announced that the Private Hospitals Association (PHA) will organize the International Healthcare Travel Forum (IHTF) 2022, under the patronage of His Majesty King Abdullah II next November, in cooperation with the Global Healthcare Travel Council (GHTC), the International Hospital Federation (IHF) and the Federation of Arab Hospitals(AHF), with the support of the Ministry of Health and the Jordan Tourism Board(JTB).
This Forum is to be the largest of its kind in the world in terms of the number of attendees and the number of participating countries.