Viewpoint: Jordan’s Public and Surveillance Health Policies: During and After COVID-19

Raeda Al Qutob, Musa Taha Ajlouni, Mohammad Abufaraj, Immanuel Azaad Moonesar R.D.

Abstract


The wave of the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) classified by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic has unraveled a variety of effects on health, economic and social systems. In the case of the Kingdom of Jordan, the COVID-19 crisis illustrated the need for and ability of the policymaking institutions and ministries to take many effective policies, initiatives and procedures that were met with marked approval, as evidenced by the opinion polls conducted by government and private institutions. The success of these interventions during the crisis calls upon the country’s health care system to take advantage of this experience in the next stage of recovery to develop, maintain, as well as improve a number of elements to assist the Kingdom in facing the challenges resulting from any potential future health crisis such as epidemics or natural disasters. Given the current situation, the proposed interventions must inform activities in seven priority health system areas to manage during and after the pandemic and include the following factors: (1) governance and management; (2) service delivery and research; (3) human resources; (4) health information systems; (5) technology and medicine; (6) health financing; and (7) citizens, refugees and communities.

Keywords


(COVID-19) Coronavirus, Health Policies, Kingdom of Jordan, Health Systems, Interventions

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