1046 GMT May 13, 2021
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his administration’s attention to the domestic health sector and endeavors to develop it have been unprecedented ever since the victory of the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.
In an address to the 218th meeting of the Government’s Economic Coordination Headquarters in Tehran on Sunday, he described as an urgent priority constructing and equipping the country’s hospitals, IRNA reported.
Rouhani added the process has been accelerated since 2013 when his first administration took office.
The president noted that amid its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which broke out in Iran in late February 2020, his government has continued efforts to further equip the country’s hospitals and provide better services to patients and develop the domestic health sector’s infrastructure.
He emphasized that another concern of his administration was promoting justice in the domestic health and treatment sector, saying thanks to efforts by those involved in the sector, health and treatment services are currently being provided to different social classes in the remotest areas of the country.
In the meeting, Health Minister Saeed Namaki presented a report on the progress and completion of health sector projects in the country.
According to his report, since 2013, a total of 1,711 hospital projects have been implemented in Iran and the country’s capacity in this field has increased by 41,000 beds.
The minister’s report added, this comes as the total number of hospital beds in the country stood at 96,000 prior to 2013.
It said during 2013-20, in addition to the full reconstruction of over 40,000 hospital beds, the government managed to add 41,000 beds to the existing figure.
In addition, the number of the country’s intensive care unit (ICU) beds before 2013 was 4,096, which increased by 2,158 beds during 2013-19, and 2,161 beds over the past 12 months.