Tafileh, (Petra)--Prime Minister
Hani Al Mulki on Monday, paid a field visit
to the southern governorate of Tafileh where
he iads the foundation stone for the new
Tafileh Public Hospital, and checked on
progress in the industrial estate project
in the governorate.
The 150-bed hospital, which
will be established at a total cost of JD34
million, will contribute to improving health
services offered to citizens of Tafileh,
and easing the pressure on the Prince Zeid
Military Hospital that serves both civilians
and military personnel.
Once completed, the industrial
estate will help in attracting investments
that will contribute to creating job opportunities
for citizens of the governorate and reducing
poverty and unemployment.
During a meeting with local
community leaders from Tafileh at the Royal
Court last week, His Majesty King Abdullah
II ordered the government to accelerate
the construction of Tafileh industrial estate
and complete the project in 2017.
He also underlined a plan
to accelerate works at the new hospital
in Tafileh to have it fully functioning
in three years.
During a ceremony to lay the
foundation stone for the hospital that was
attended by a number of ministers and senior
officials, the prime minister said that
a lot of work can be done to achieve development
in the governorate.
He said the hospital, which
came upon an initiative by His Majesty,
will contribute to the development process
in the city, noting that the Tafileh Technical
University will have a key role in training
staff of the hospital.
"The government will
follow up directly on the project until
August 15, the date of holding the municipal
and governorate council elections,"
Mulki said, noting that decentralization
will define the development priorities for
the coming years.
Health Minister Mahmoud Al
Shayyab said with the establishment of the
new Tafileh Hospital will have a positive
impact on citizens of the governorate, and
will save them both time and effort.
During an inspection of the
industrial estate in the city, Al Mulki
was briefed by Minister of Public Works
and Housing on progress in the project which
will be completed by the end of this year.