MEK: Remembering Iran’s Angels on World Internationl Health Day
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), are commemorated World Health Day 2021 under the theme “building a fairer, healthier world for everyone.” The World Health Organization has called for urgent action to eliminate health inequities and mobilize action to attain better health for all and leave no one behind.
The situation in Iran, however, is far from these international goals. According to reports by (NCRI) and (PMOI / MEK Iran), on Thursday, April 8, 2021, that the Coronavirus death toll in 535 cities had exceeded 246,400.
Remembering Iran’s Angels
In Iran, 80% of nurses are women. They are suffering more during the coronavirus crisis than in any period before, and a significant number have died in the service of public health.
The chairman of the Supreme Council of the Medical System said: “The lack of basic safety and protection facilities for doctors, nurses, and medical staff, has led to the loss of the best medical and specialized staff,”. (The state-run Mostaghel newspaper, April 4, 2020)
With the decision to lift quarantine and start economic and administrative activities in Iran, and the ever-growing number of patients, the pressure has increased even more on nurses who work a number of shifts and sleep on the floor of hospitals most nights. Nurses have not seen their children for months.
More than 100,000 nurses infected with the coronavirus
The director of the Emergency Room of Tehran’s Sina Hospital Hossein Kermanpour, wrote on his Twitter account: “We are collecting accurate statistics from all over the country to find out exactly how many medical staff have contracted the virus or sacrificed their lives fighting COVID-19. So far, 107 of my dear colleagues have gone to Heaven.” (The state-run Salamatnews.com – May 19, 2020)
Shortage of nurses and medical workers
The shortage of nurses and medical workers was a serious issue in Iran even before the outbreak of COVID-19. But after the epidemic, the situation has become much worse. Female nurses are the main victims of this tragedy in a medical system that has been ruined by the mullahs’ regime.
Nurses employed under 89-day temporary contracts
After the coronavirus has become a national catastrophe in Iran, the mullah regime exploits nurses more than ever, instead of even paying their salaries or offering special benefits to those who are at the forefront of the struggle. At least 35% of the workforce under the supervision of medical universities is employed under 89-day temporary contracts.
Nurses and staff have been laid off
During the coronavirus crisis, many nurses and staff have been laid off without any justification. (The state-run ILNA News Agency – April 13, 2020)
As the nurses were expecting to find greater job security during the pandemic, their jobs were either put on hold or they were expelled in the context of plans implemented in March 2020.
Nurses and medical workers salaries and wages
Nurses’ pay across the country is delayed by about 8 to 14 months. The delayed wages were to be reduced to zero by March 2020, but no payments have been made during the final months of the Persian calendar year. Nurses are still at the forefront of the crisis, struggling with the challenges and problems of the overall health system. (The state-run Salamatnews.com – February 1, 2020)
Nurses protests across the country
Challenges of nurses continue to mount, in terms of low salaries, delayed wages, layoffs, and contract and non-permanent work, nurses have turned to protests in various parts of the country throughout the year. They did not receive an answer, but in some cases, they were beaten and imprisoned.
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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