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The Private Hospitals Association Hosts a Delegation from Chad
The Private Hospitals Association Hosts a Delegation from Chad

The Private Hospitals Association recently hosted a delegation representing health authorities from both public and private health sectors from the Republic of Chad. The Chadian delegation program consists of familiarization visits to Jordan Medical Tourism Consortium member hospitals. The Jordan Medical Tourism Consortium JMTC is a coalition of private hospitals involved with medical tourism that was formed last year supported by the USAID Jordan Competitiveness Programme, with the PHA as an implementing partner and Royal Jordanian as the official airline partner.

Member hospitals in the JMTC must comply with specific membership standards like international accreditation and being a centre of excellence, they include Jordan Hospital, Istishari Hospital, Essra Hsopital, Speciality Hospital, Al-Khalidi Hospital and Medical Centre and AL-Rashid Hospital Centre for Psychiatry. 

Private Hospitals Association (PHA) Chairman Dr. Fawzi Al-Hammouri commented in a press conference held in this occasion saying: “We welcome our brothers and sisters from Chad in their second Country Jordan, and we are glad to be hosting this visit as part of the JMTC marketing strategy which entails the implementation of “a wide range” of marketing activities, including participating in exhibitions and receiving delegations from agencies and official entities responsible for sending patients abroad for treatment in an effort to Promote Jordan as a prime medical tourism destination”.

This visit follows the cooperation agreement signed between the Chadian Minister of State for Public Health Mahamat Annadif Youssouf and Dr. Fawzi AlHammouri on behalf of PHA last month when HE attended the Global Healthcare Travel Forum, organized by PHA and the GHTC. The agreement involves training, rehabilitation, exchange of expertise, insurance and hospital administration.

During a lecture to the audience during the gala dinner held in honour of the Chadian delegation, Dr. Al- Hammouri added: “Patients seek Jordan for medical tourism due to the high quality of its medical staff and facilities that are equipped with state of the art technology devices, moreover, in Jordan patients do not have to wait to get medical service as patients can get diagnosed and treated within 48 hours.  In addition to being a spa and wellness destination, Jordan is known for providing high-quality care at very competitive prices, while maintaining international quality standards, since 25 hospitals are accredited by JCI and/or HCAC”.  

On her behalf Dr. Soumaya Massar Hissein, from the Chad delegation expressed her delight with the huge development she witnessed in the private hospitals sector in Jordan. She pointed out that the factors of language, customs and traditions as well as the quality of health services make Jordan an ideal destination for Chadian patients.

Mr. Hamit Terab Hatir, GM of a medical tourism company in Chad, showed great admiration for the efficiency of the medical staff and modern medical devices available in Jordanian private hospitals, in addition to the quality programs applied in them. He stressed that patients from Chad are looking for advanced health and medical services such as what is available in Jordan, and that there is a great opportunity of ​​cooperation in this area for treatment in various medical fields.

Al- Hammouri thanked the JCP-USAID program for their support in promoting Jordan as a medical tourism destination, as this will definitely reflect on the overall health sector development and increase its share in the local economy.