0134 GMT November 23, 2019
Iran is ready to cooperate with Muslim countries in medical science and the transfer the know-how in this field, said minister of health and medical education.
Speaking at the Mashhad 2017 ceremony to mark the city's investiture as Asia's Islamic Culture Capital, Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi further said that Iran has made huge progress in scientific fields particularly in medicine.
It ranked 16th in scientific growth worldwide and first in the number of registered articles in international centers.
He underlined the need to promote ties among Muslim countries particularly in the exchange of scientific experience and findings.
Muslim countries can become pioneer in science production and scientific progress in light of union and solidarity, he said.
He also said the Health Overhaul Plan is one of the achievements of the current government. It has had positive results, he added.
It led to the reduction in medical costs and has twice received accolades from the World Health Organization, he said.
He said the insurance coverage for all Iranians has reduced the medical costs, adding the villagers only pay three percent of the medical costs, while urban residents pay six percent.
Qazizadeh called for effective cooperation between Muslim researchers and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO).
The minister said Mashhad has invaluable experience in health tourism. Annually, a remarkable number of people from neighboring nations travel to Mashhad to receive health services, he added.
Mashhad 2017 aims to boost interactions with Islamic world .
Mashhad was selected as Asia's Islamic Culture Capital of the world in 2017 by the ISESCO.