Dozens of Iranian health workers in under equipped hospitals across the country have passed away in Iran’s COVID-19 outbreak. Health workers, including doctors and nurses at the front lines of the fight against the deadly virus, lack basic protective equipment.
According to the head of the Industry and Mine Organization in Kerman, 41% of those infected with COVID-19 in the southeastern province are healthcare workers. Mehdi Hosseini Nejad said that the reason behind the high infection rate was a problem in “providing masks, alcohol and gloves” for healthcare workers in Iran’s COVID-19 outbreak.
Healthcare workers in Gilan, northern Iran, which has one of the highest COVID-19 fatality rates in the country, also face a severe shortage of protective gear and equipment.
On March 7, a member of the board of directors of the Mashhad Nursing Organization said that nurses in several hospitals did not have adequate protective gear.
“Nurses in some hospitals are faced with a lack of protective gear including medical gowns, N95 masks, gloves and disinfectants,” Javad Tavakoli told the state-run YJC website.
Reports indicate that on March 22, six doctors passed away in Amol, northern Iran. They have been identified as Seyed Mozafar Rabiei, Dr. Samadi, Dr. Nirouie, Dr. Ibrahim Nejad, Dr. Tusan, and Dr. Babazeh.
Four of the personnel at the Amol Medical Sciences University also passed away from the virus.
Iran’s Health Ministry announced COVID-19 fatalities today as close to 2,000 but according to the National Council of Resistance of Iran, 10,900 people have died from the virus.
The Head of the Ministry of Health Information Center also said today that a person dies from COVID-19 every 12 minutes in Iran and that Tehran’s infection rate had increased by 13%.
Despite this, the regime has turned out COVID-19 aid from the US and rejected the aid of a team of volunteer doctors today from an international non-governmental group, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders.
The team wanted to set up a 50-bed inflatable hospital in the central city of Isfahan, one of the worst-hit areas in the epidemic.
An advisor to the Minister of Health, Alireza Vahhabzadeh, said on Tweeter that Iran did “not need hospitals established by foreigners”.