According to a health ministry official, at least 45,000 Iranian Nurses have been infected with the deadly COVID-19 virus. This is while Iranian nurses are getting lower wages during the country’s raging COVID-19 pandemic, a health official said today.
In comments carried by the state-run Tasnim News Agency, Shamsodin Shamsi the Head of the Supreme Council of Nurses Organization said:” there was a shortage of 100,000 nurses in one of the worst-hit countries in the world”. He also mentioned nurses’ wages had decreased, despite the increase in their workload during the pandemic.
“One of the problems in the nurses’ sector is the shortage in the workforce. When there is such a shortage, the quality of providing health services decreases. The international standards require 2.5 nurses per bed in hospitals. In our country, this number is not even 1. On average we have less than one nurse per bed in hospitals.”
Shamsi added that about 100 to 150 thousand more Iranian nurses were needed. He predicted that about 30 thousand nurses would be recruited next year, but even with more recruits, Iran had yet to reach international standards.
“When nurses are infected with COVID-19, they go on leave for two weeks, and other nurses face higher work pressure,” the Head of the Supreme Council said.
The Head of the Supreme Council of Nurses Organization said despite the added workload during the pandemic, nurses’ wages had decreased and were delayed for up to four months.
He said the reason behind the decrease in wages was because hospitals were earning less because patients were having less surgeries.
“When hospital incomes decrease, nurses’ wages decrease as well.”
In another report today, the Deputy of Nurses in the Health Ministry about 45,000 Iranian nurses had been infected with COVID-19.
According to the state-run IRNA News Agency, Maryam Hazrati said in an online meeting to mark Iran’s “Nurse Week” that many nurses had recovered from COVID-19, but claimed she did not know the death toll for healthcare workers.
“There will be a committee under the supervision of the Health Ministry to confirm the total deaths of healthcare workers from COVID-19,” she said in the meeting.
The National Council of Resistance, an opposition group that accuses the Iranian regime of lying about Iran’s COVID-19 death toll said today that more than 186,200 people had died in 470 cities.