0503 GMT June 26, 2022
“Regretfully, unilateral coercive measures, including unilateral economic, financial and banking sanctions against Iran, have seriously violated the right of access to health care for Iranians, and especially those facing HIV-related problems are directly suffering from this situation,” Zahra Ershadi said on Friday in an address to a UN General Assembly meeting titled HIV and AIDS: Ending inequalities and getting on track to end AIDS by 2030.
Ershadi underlined that the unilateral US measures had hindered the Iranian patients’ “timely and effective” access to medicine and medical equipment, Press TV reported.
“Coercive, unjust and unilateral sanctions have blocked the ordinary channels of international cooperation and are a source of concern that has negatively affected Iran's efforts to combat such diseases,” she noted.
“In addition, it has severely limited timely and effective access to the diagnosis, medicine, treatment, medical equipment, and technologies required for providing comprehensive health care services, especially to people with AIDS.”
“Iran urges members of the international community to take effective, immediate and practical steps to remove these coercive sanctions,” Ershadi said.
The envoy highlighted Iran's achievements in the fight against AIDS, saying the Islamic Republic is one of the few countries in Asia that has made significant progress in controlling and treating the HIV and AIDS.
Iran is also one of the countries that has provided safe and free-of-charge access to the health and specialized treatment needs of people living with AIDS, she added.
She reiterated calls for the removal of obstacles to access to the latest health technologies related to the prevention and treatment of HIV and AIDS.
Sanctions imposed by the US on Iran since 2018 have restricted the financial channels necessary to pay for basic goods and medicine, undermining supply chains by limiting the number of suppliers willing to facilitate sales of humanitarian goods to the country.
Iran has repeatedly denounced the sanctions as an act of “economic war”, “economic terrorism”, and “medical terrorism”.