This might sound like deja vu, but this is Jordan and that feeling is consistent with our inability to solve the same problems. So, by now, everyone (specifically on the Jordanian blogosphere) is aware of blogger Who Sane’s dilemma last September when his father went missing for several days before being discovered at the Prince Hamzah Hospital, whose administration had refuted the family’s inquiries as to whether he was in fact admitted there. The case left an impressionable presence on both the blogosphere, which rallied to the fellow blogger’s side and helped push the story in to the mainstream media that eventually lead to something being done about it. Of course, upon the government’s involvement, the standard apologies were issued and the usual promises were made.
So today I read on AmmonNews that a similar story took place very recently. An elderly man who had some sort of heart problem I believe (according to people I’ve asked) had an attack that lead him to be hospitalized in the Prince Hamzah Hospital. The administration, improving on its legacy of ignorance and denials, actually called his family to inform them of what was happening. However his family, upon arriving, discovered only their patriarch’s cane and his cell phone, with him being no where to be found. The hospital administration ensured them that they had run all the necessary tests and that he must’ve checked himself out as they had checked every room in the place to make sure he wasn’t still there.
This of course caused a great deal of concern as the 78 year old man wasn’t in any condition to be walking any type of long distance.
So the family informed the authorities and a search began outside the hospital.
Lo and behold they discovered the man’s body in the hospital’s X-ray room. He had been missing/dead since Tuesday.
These incidents only further call in to question the country’s ability to fix mistakes the first time around. In this sense, deja vu may actually have a scientific explanation: it may just be our inability to make things right the first time around.
I think the repetition alone demands the Ministry of Health to really scrutinize the operations of the hospital, perhaps a complete overhaul of the administration and the system is required.
Otherwise, someone should really sue them.