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Iran Making Medical Progress, Exporting Medical Items to Dampen US Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran announced on Tuesday that the country will equip the country’s hospitals with thousands of various kinds of beds amid tough battle against COVID-19, and also informed of exporting serological kits for coronavirus diagnosis test.

Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki announced on Tuesday that efforts have been made to increase the number of hospital and ICU beds in medical centers amid the country’s intensive combat against coronavirus and US sanctions.

“This year, for the first time in Iran’s history, we will add 10,600 hospital beds and 2,000 ICU beds to the medical centers,” Namaki said.

He added that 1,400 hygiene and treatment projects will also be inaugurated by the end of March.

Meanwhile, a senior Iranian medical official said that the country is exporting serological kits to foreign states to diagnose COVID-19 virus, adding that Iran conducts nearly 30,000 coronavirus tests every day.

Head of the National Reference Laboratory to Diagnose Coronavirus at Pasteur Institute Mostafa Salehi Vaziri made the remarks in an interview with the state radio on Tuesday.

“Although, difficult conditions exist for supplying raw materials due to the harsh sanctions, we are not in shortage of kits while conducting nearly 30,000 coronavirus tests per day,” he said.

Salehi Vaziri added that at present Iran is also exporting serological kits to diagnose coronavirus to other countries.

Moreover, Health Minister Saeed Namaki urged international agencies, specially the World Health Organization (WHO), to force the United States to terminate its anti-Iran sanctions, stressing the fact that Washington’s measures have endangered health security not just in Iran but across the world.

Namaki wrote in his letter to the Director-General of WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus that the US unilateral sanctions have inflicted pain and death on the Iranian people and caused problems in the way of Iran’s medical staff to tackle the deadly COVID-19 disease.

The Iranian health ministry announced on Tuesday that 2,302 new cases of coronavirus infection have been identified across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 132 patients have passed away in the same period.

"2,302 new patients infected with COVID-19 have been identified in the country based on confirmed diagnosis criteria since yesterday,” Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Tuesday, and added, "1,226 patients have been hospitalized during the same time span.”

She added that the total number of COVID-19 patients has increased to 391,112 since the virus outbreak.

“Unfortunately, 132 patients have passed away in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of the dead to 22,542,” the spokeswoman noted.

Lari expressed satisfaction that 337,414 coronavirus patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.

The spokeswoman further said that 3,713 cases infected with COVID-19 are in critical conditions.

She went on to say that 3,431,646 coronavirus diagnosis tests have so far been conducted across the country.

Lari said that 28 provinces are still in red condition or the status of alert.

Early in August, President Hassan Rouhani lauded Iranians for observing coronavirus-related instructions set by the health ministry, and noted that obligatory protocols will persist until discovering the vaccine.

Everybody should follow the instructions announced by the National Anti-Coronavirus Campaign Headquarters so that we overcome the virus and the related vaccine is made, Rouhani noted.

Those provinces which had already been in red conditions passed the coronavirus peak today, President Rouhani said.

He appreciated the nation for cooperating with the health officials in fighting the COVID-19.

Rouhani said in June that over 1,000 medical centers in the country have received necessary equipment to conduct tests on people suspected of infection to coronavirus, and added that Iran ranks first in the Muslim world in scientific achievements.

"Based on a report [by the health ministry], 1,200 centers across the country are ready to take samples and tests from people and 17,500 nursing and health homes are also prepared to provide hygiene and treatment services to people," Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran.

Also, last month, he said that the country will increase the number of its hospital beds to 8,000 by the end of the current Iranian year (March 19).

"We will add 8,000 hospital beds by the yearend," Rouhani said.

He added that 1,500 hospital beds for special cases have also been added to the capacity of the country's medical system since the outbreak of coronavirus in the country, noting that 2 drug production lines are also added every month to the country's pharmaceutical capacity.

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 over 902,000 people and infected more than 27.7 million others globally.

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), former 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 most universities have been extended until further notice.

 

 

 

 

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