MEK Iran: Why are so many Nurses Leaving the Country for Jobs Abroad?
The director-general of Iran’s Nursing Organization Mohammad Mirza-Beigi said last week that an average of 100 nurses emigrates from Iran on a monthly basis. He said that many other countries are only too happy to welcome Iranian nurses. Compared to the past few years, more and more nurses are leaving Iran.
The departure of so many nurses every month from Iran
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the departure of so many nurses every month from Iran is a major blow to the country that needs nurses now more than ever. The Coronavirus health crisis has wreaked havoc on the country, as it has done all over the world, and nurses really are needed now more than ever.
The regime’s Ministry of Health has reported that as of 8th April, 63,884 people across the country have died after contracting the virus. However, like all of the regime’s statistics, this figure has been grossly underreported and there have been significantly more deaths.
The main opposition to the Iranian regime, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), has monitored the situation closely since the very beginning of the outbreak and it states that the real figure is at least four times greater than that announced by the government.
Even the regime’s own officials have rubbished official statistics.
Nurses are not leaving Iran just because of the Coronavirus health crisis. Of course, this is bound to be a factor in many nurses’ decisions, but nurses have traditionally been mistreated and underappreciated by the government over the past few decades.
To make matters worse, their terrible working conditions have declined over the past year and many thousands of nurses are still waiting to receive their salaries. Since the beginning of the pandemic, nurses have selflessly and tirelessly worked to save the lives of their fellow citizens, often without PPE.
The director-general of Iran’s Nursing Organization Mohammad Mirza-Beigi said that there are 140,000 nurses who look after patients in hospitals, 60,000 nursing students, and 30,000 community nurses. The number of nurses in Iran is much lower than the global average. He said that for every thousand citizens in Iran, there are 0.9 nurses – less than one. In other countries, the figures vary from four to eight nurses per thousand people.
A high number of nurses have died after contracting the virus
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus health crisis, a high number of nurses have died after contracting the virus while caring for sick patients. The impact this has had on families is devastating, made worse by the government’s failure to provide nurses with what they need to protect themselves.
Mostafa Moeen, former Science Minister, said that it was extremely regrettable that the number of casualties among medical workers in Iran is higher than the global average.
Considering the worsening conditions in Iran, it is no wonder that nurses are taking jobs in other countries. The sacrifices nurses and their families have made, for extremely low rates of pay, make the decision easy for many.
Once again, the regime is losing so much talent because of its destructive policies and widespread mismanagement.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): I sincerely call on all my compatriots to set up a nationwide aid movement in Iran to help those infected with COVID19. Provide financial support to the families who have sick relatives. Encourage the spirit of resistance. Do not allow fear and despair to overcome the people.
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