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Publish Date : 30 March 2020 - 17:57  ,  
News ID: 7090

Iran Offers Equal Anti-COVID19 Medical Services Regardless of Nationality

TEHRAN(Basirat): An official of Khorasan Razavi province said that Iran has continuously rendered medical services to the immigrants from neighboring states, while some states have stopped such services to foreign nationals.
Iran Offers Equal Anti-COVID19 Medical Services Regardless of Nationality

"Medical and hospital services related to fighting coronavirus are equal for Iranians and foreign nationals", head of department of disease prevention at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences Mohammad Jafar Sadeqi said, adding, "all these services are free for Iranians and foreigners".

He went on to say that 19 medical staff including doctors, nurses, midwives and screening officials are from Afghanistan who are working with Mashhad University.  

Meanwhile, another provincial official said unfortunately some foreign media promoted targeted and false media hype claiming that no services are offered to foreign nationals in Iran.

He added that Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have had good cooperation with Iranian Health Ministry based on a MoU.

Doctors Without Borders have been working with Iran with regard to Hepatitis and HIV for six years to cure Afghan and Pakistani nationals.

Earlier, head of Iran's Health Ministry Public Relations Office Kianoush Jahanpour said that the capacity of Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières) will be used to serve foreign nationals in Iran.

He added that Doctors Without Borders are now in Iran and have visited health facilities in the country.

Iran is now hosting a population of over three million foreigners and Razavi Khorasan ranks first with regard to accepting foreign nationals.  

Based on the official statistics, some 320,000 foreign immigrants are now living in Razavi Khorasan.

The coronavirus COVID-19 is affecting approximately all countries and territories around the world. The virus was first reported in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. It has so far killed more than 34,000 people and infected over 722,000 others globally.

As for Iran, the Iranian health ministry announced on Sunday that 2,901 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been identified in the country, adding that 2,640 patients have died so far.

 “According to laboratory results, a sum of 2,901 new cases of infection to COVID-19 virus have been identified in Iran during the past 24 hours, increasing the number of infections to 38, 309,” Health Ministry Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said.

He added that fortunately, 12,391 patients infected with COVID-19 virus have also recovered and been discharged from hospital.

Jahanpour said that 123 coronavirus patients have passed away during the past 24 hours, noting that the death toll has increased to 2,640 so far.

The Iranian foreign ministry declared that despite Washington’s claims of cooperation to transfer drugs to Iran via the new Swiss-launched payment mechanism, the US is troubling the process amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Although US claims that medicines and medical equipment are not under sanctions, they have practically blocked the transfer of Iran’s financial resources in other countries into the Swiss Humanitarian Trade Arrangement (SHTA), Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyed Abbas Mousavi said.

As the death toll from the virus surges, Iran intensifies its preventive safety measures. Closures of schools and universities have been extended until early April.

The government also imposed travel restrictions, specially on Iran’s North, which is among the red zones. The country has also adopted strict digital health control procedures at airports to spot possible infections.

Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced earlier this month that a new national mobilization plan would be implemented across the country to fight against the coronavirus epidemic and more effectively treat patients.

Namaki said that the plan will include all the 17,000 health centers and the 9,000 medical and clinical centers in all cities, suburban areas and villages.

He added that the plan will include home quarantine, noting that infected people will receive the necessary medicines and advice, but they are asked to stay at home.

Namaki said that people with a more serious condition will stay at the hospitals, adding that the public places will be disinfected, the entries of infected towns and cities will be controlled to diagnose and quarantine the infected cases.

He added that the necessary equipment and facilities have been provided, expressing the hope that the epidemic would be curbed.

According to the latest statistics of Health Ministry, the number of medical laboratories to test coronavirus infection has reached 90 across the country.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says Iran's response to the virus has so far been up to the mark. Still, it says the US sanctions are a big challenge, and Washington would be complicit in the rising death toll in Iran if it would not remove its sanctions.

The World Health Organization has considered priorities in combating coronavirus and Islamic Republic of Iran obeys and follows up priorities as defined by WHO.

The WHO is dispatching separate delegations to all countries.