MEK Iran: Too Many Iranian Health Workers Dying from Covid-19
Of the 148,600 Iranians who have died from Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic (figures supplied by the Iranian Resistance, the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran)), at least 160 of them have been health workers – doctors and nurses – who have been working on the front line of Iran’s coronavirus crisis.
These figures are probably far too low as they have been supplied by the regime, which has routinely underplayed the effects of the disease.
#Iran Coronavirus Update
More than 148,600 people have died of the novel #coronavirus in 462 cities checkered across all of Iran's 31 provinces, according to the Iranian opposition PMOI/MEK.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) November 10, 2020
In addition to this fatality figure, the official number of nurses who have so far contracted the virus is over 30,000. Many of these nurses are exhausted in Covid wards as the numbers of nurses are insufficient to meet the demand. It is common for nurses and other health workers to work 12-hour shifts. There have even been reports from (PMOI / MEK Iran) network sources in Iran, of some nurses working for 24 hours at a stretch.
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) April 16, 2020
The two latest doctors to lose their lives because of Covid-19 are Afsaneh Hassanvand Amouzad and Mandana Mousavi.
Three more victims among #IranAngels:
🪦🌹Dr. Mandana Mousavi, anesthesiologist and EC in Mashhad
🪦🌹Zahra Musa, nurse of Hamedan Sina hospital
🪦🌹Dr. Vahid Razmgiri, psychiatrist in Tabriz
Authorities increase suppression instead of health budget! pic.twitter.com/O6BWywKETp
— IranNewsUpdate (@IranNewsUpdate1) November 7, 2020
Recent nurse fatalities last month included:
- Mahboubeh Khodaverdi, 25, died in Tehran;
- Maryam Sharafkhah, the mother of 2 children, died in Qazvin, Oct. 18th;
- Parvin Kayvan, died in Dezful, Oct. 25th;
- Fatemeh Shafii Moghaddam, died in Alborz, Oct. 28th;
- Zahra Mousavi Arfa, died in Hamadan, Nov. 4th.
Fatemeh Shafii, Mahboubeh Khodaverdi and Maryam Sharafkhah; nurses who lost their lives due to #COVID19.
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) November 8, 2020
The number of nurses who have been infected with covid-9 so far is around 30,000 according to the head of the Taskforce to Combat the Coronavirus in Tehran, Alireza Zali.
Mohammad Sharifi Moghaddam, the head of Iran’s Nurse House, said that there were far too few nurses available. 6,000 nurses are on medical leave, many because they have been infected. 60 nurses have died. Many nurses who have already been infected have been suffering from ‘long Covid.’ This means that they have suffered from symptoms that are long term or even permanent and prevent them from working.
The figure of 164 for health staff deaths was quoted by a National Taskforce to Combat Coronavirus member, according to the state-run Mehr news agency.
We commemorate the physicians and nurses who lost their lives to provide care to the #Coronavirus patients.They risk their own lives while their basic rights have been trampled for years under the mullahs’ rule.All of us feel indebted to these selfless women & men #IND2020 #Iran pic.twitter.com/OvNDhY9fDM
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) May 12, 2020
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): Hail to the doctors and nurses who are saving lives by taking the highest risks. As the number of casualties is approaching 150,000, the IRGC must be disbanded, and its budget and facilities allocated to the healthcare system to help combat Coronavirus.
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