Iranian nurses and doctors are at risk in hospitals from the coronavirus and some have lost their lives. According to statistics by the Iranian Resistance, the death toll from the coronavirus has reached to at least 2,000 by Saturday night in Iran.
The problems and risks of the lives of Iranian nurses and doctors in these critical situations after the coronavirus outbreak are threatening more than ever. However, despite the lack of protective equipment against this dangerous virus, they continue to work with the threat of getting infected every time. Javad Tavakoli, a member of the Nursing Board of Directors in Mashhad said, “Nurses in some hospitals lack the full range of protective equipment, such as a gauze, N 95 masks, gloves and disinfectants.”
Javad Tavakoli continued, “Nurses’ work shifts in Mashhad were scheduled about a month ago, and unfortunately after the coronavirus outbreak, nurses have to fill in shifts with the same previous schedule.”
He added, “Nurses have been practically taken aback by the coronavirus crisis and have had to fill in the shifts according to the same work schedules that are available in a normal workplace, which is also 12 and 18 hours. So many of them are worn out and tired.” (The state-run Young Journalists Club website – March 6, 2020)
In a message to the Iranian public, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, “We pay homage to the selfless physicians and nurses who lost their lives to provide care to the Corona patients.”
Coronavirus kills the poor, workers, and other toilers more than anyone else. It targets women and children in villages who suffer from poverty and hunger. It targets the at least 20 million people who live in the contaminated environment of slums and shanty towns.
According to the regime’s Interior Ministry, 400,000 to 450,000 people in the suburbs are facing the risk of dying from a coronavirus outbreak in Isfahan alone.
The official IRNA news agency reported, “Reports day that there are 1,200 neighborhoods in the country with a population of more than 11 million who are conflicted with the problem of marginalization. In Isfahan, which is one of the cores of the coronavirus outbreak in Iran, there are 400,000 to 450,000 people living in marginalized and socially vulnerable areas, and in the metropolitan area of Isfahan alone, there are 44 marginalized neighborhoods and informal settlements with a population of about 250,000 to 300,000.” (The state-run IRNA news agency – March 23,2020)