Defense
Tue Oct 13, 2020 4:13
Commander: IRGC to Use All Medical Capacities to Help Coronavirus Patients
TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Major General Hossein Salami said that the IRGC will provide coronavirus patients and medical staff with all its possibilities and capacities to fight against the disease.

“Upon the order issued by the Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Khamenei), we are committed to bring to the field all IRGC’s treatment capacities and possibilities, including fixed and mobile hospitals as well as possibilities to produce and distribute masks and hygiene packages, cooperate in screening and assist the devoted medical staff by the medical society’s Basij (volunteers),” General Salami said, addressing the IRGC and Basij commanders in a video conference on Tuesday.

He added that the decision was made after Ayatollah Khamenei entrusted the Armed Forces, including the IRGC, with a new mission to cooperate with the medical staff with all their power in the area of coronavirus prevention and treatment.

General Salami said that beside these measures, the IRGC and Basij forces continue gathering and distributing public aid packages among the poor people.

The Iranian health ministry announced on Tuesday that 4,108 new cases of coronavirus infection have been identified across the country during the past 24 hours, adding that 254 patients have passed away during the same period.

"4,108 new patients infected with COVID-19 have been identified in the country based on confirmed diagnosis criteria during the past 24 hours,” Iranian Health Ministry Spokeswoman Sima Sadat Lari said on Tuesday, and added, "1,946 patients have been hospitalized during the same time span.”

She added that the total number of COVID-19 patients has increased to 508,389.

“Unfortunately, 254 patients have lost their lives in the past 24 hours, increasing the number of the dead to 29,070,” the spokeswoman noted.

Lari expressed satisfaction that 411,840 coronavirus patients have recovered or been discharged from hospitals so far.

The spokeswoman further said that 4,570 cases infected with COVID-19 are in critical conditions.

She went on to say that 4,369,622 coronavirus diagnosis tests have so far been conducted across the country.

Lari warned that 30 provinces are still in red condition or the status of alert.

Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the people and businesspersons who do not care about health and hygiene anti-coronavirus orders and do not wear masks will face harsh punishment.

“Harsh punishment will be approved for a person who is aware of his disease (coronavirus) and does not respect the instructions,” President Rouhani said, addressing a meeting of the national coronavirus campaign headquarters in Tehran.

He added that it was approved today that anyone in the administrative sector, governmental or private, who does not care about the hygiene instructions will receive punishment, from warning to suspension of job for one year, noting that the businesses and shops which do not obey the orders will face closure.

Rouhani said that the banks, offices and businesses should not render service to people who violate health instructions otherwise the owner of the business will be punished.

The Iranian president had also announced last month efforts to increase the number of hospital beds in medical centers amid the country’s hard battle against the coronavirus outbreak and US sanctions.

Inaugurating several important national projects through video conferencing, Rouhani said that by the end of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2021) more than 10,000 beds will be added to the current capacity of hospitals across the country.

Early in August, President 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, in August, he said 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 1.08 million people and infected approximately 38.1 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.

Rouhani on September 12 blasted the US administration for blocking the country’s efforts to receive loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to fight against coronavirus, saying that the American officials have forgotten humanity.

“We demanded the IMF for $5bln to assist us during the coronavirus outbreak for vaccine and medicine; all parties have voiced their agreement, but the US does not allow us to take the loan. They have distanced themselves from humanity to such an extent,” Rouhani said.

He added that even the friendly states whose banks are holding Iran’s money have been pressured by the US not to provide the country with access to its assets.

“History has not witnessed such a crime, as you may not find any other country that cannot withdraw money from foreign banks to purchase and import medicine for its people,” Rouhani said.

He, meantime, said that the Americans are angry with the Iranian government's appropriate management of the coronavirus outbreak despite the harshest-ever sanctions imposed on the country.

 

 

 

 

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