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New Announcement on Iran’s Healthcare Strengths

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Jaafar Hussain, the representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Iran, stated that the Islamic Republic of Iran possesses a strong healthcare system, high-capacity medical universities, and numerous hospitals equipped with advanced medical equipment. This statement was made during the 29th meeting of the Group of Five member countries, held today with the presence of several deputies, Ministry of Health managers, and ambassadors of the member countries at the Ministry of Health headquarters.

Hussain highlighted WHO’s special focus on strengthening primary health care and enhancing health systems globally. He emphasized that Iran’s robust healthcare system, high-capacity medical universities, and well-equipped hospitals are significant assets. He added that integrating medical education with health services and having a nationwide health network system, alongside the government’s efforts to develop services and infrastructure, are the main reasons for Iran’s advancements in the health sector, despite severe sanctions.

The WHO representative also expressed the organization’s readiness to expand health services in the member countries. He noted that recently, more than 800 health infrastructure projects and 1,800 hospital beds were inaugurated across Iran, including in deprived and border areas, to enhance public access to health and medical services. This initiative was a valuable step towards improving healthcare accessibility for all segments of society.

Advances in Medical Procedures and Healthcare Collaboration

Saeed Karimi, Deputy Minister of Health, emphasized the role of skilled human resources in advancing healthcare. He noted that the population of the Group of Five countries is estimated to be between 300 to 400 million, with many cultural and religious commonalities. Among this large population are scientists, experts, specialist doctors, and skilled personnel who, through greater coordination and synergy, can elevate health and medical standards in the member countries.

Karimi mentioned that the most complex surgeries can now be performed in Iran, with more than 150,000 doctors in the country, including 60,000 specialists and subspecialists. He also pointed out that life expectancy in Iran has increased from 57 years at the beginning of the Islamic Revolution to 78 years today, indicating significant improvements in health indicators. Focusing on health and medical indices in each country is essential for further increasing life expectancy.

The Deputy Minister of Health emphasized the importance of recognizing the capabilities and capacities of other countries to expand bilateral or multilateral cooperation. The session also saw Hasehm Daryabari, Head of the Health Tourism Center, presenting a report on the treatment sector’s performance and hospital strategy aimed at enhancing health tourism. He mentioned that the hospital bed classification system is defined based on the country’s needs until 2029.

Hospital Infrastructure and Health Tourism

Daryabari stressed equitable access to inpatient services through this model, allowing all provinces to provide between 84% to 100% of inpatient services. He reported that Iran has 1,100 hospitals with 165,000 hospital beds, with 106 hospitals and 17,000 beds equipped and launched during the thirteenth government. Additionally, 60,000 specialist doctors, 90,000 general practitioners, and 33,000 treatment centers are serving the public.

Discussing health tariffs and policies, Daryabari noted strategies including resource distribution, health economics, optimal use of national health resources, and performance-based payments. He highlighted Iran’s leadership in organ transplants, with 456,000 brain deaths annually and 1,121 organ donations recorded in 2023.

Daryabari added that Iran has 28 kidney transplant centers, 13 liver transplant centers, 10 heart transplant centers, 3 lung transplant centers, 5 pancreas transplant centers, 1 small intestine transplant center, and 22 tissue and organ procurement centers. He emphasized that various infertility treatment methods are performed in Iran, which can be a positive point in providing services to health tourists.

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Expansion of Health Cooperation

Daryabari elaborated on the comprehensive cancer disease management program, stating that 290 treatment centers in Iran have International Patient Department (IPD) licenses, 56% of which are private and 44% public. He emphasized the importance of legal patient exchange between countries, noting that over 1.8 million health tourists visited Iran for treatment last year.

The session also featured speeches from ambassadors of Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Pakistan. The Iraqi ambassador, Nassir, emphasized the need for ongoing experience exchange and oversight offices in each member country. He noted that tens of thousands of Iraqi patients are treated in Iran annually and called for support in managing the influx of pilgrims during Arbaeen in Iraq.

The Tajikistan ambassador, Zahedi, highlighted unprecedented growth in health tourism collaboration with Iran. He praised the exchange of knowledge and experience, leading to advanced surgeries being performed in Tajikistan. Pakistan’s First Secretary, Khairat, expressed interest in expanding bilateral health cooperation with Iran, emphasizing the need for enhanced healthcare services in Pakistan due to its large population. He stressed the importance of knowledge and student exchange to address healthcare deficiencies.

 

Resource: Tasnim news Agency, July 03, 2024

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