0742 GMT July 23, 2019
More than 90 percent of comprehensive health centers in Iran have been handed over to the private sector, said a deputy health and medical education minister.
These centers are, however, still among the subsidiaries of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, added Alireza Raeesi, the deputy health minister for health affairs, IRNA reported.
He noted that there are no problems in physical space of these centers, adding the centers have been constructed according to the standards of Iran’s Ministry of Health and Medical Education.
Following the initiation of a project titled ‘Health Sector Evolution Plan’ more than 6,000 comprehensive health centers and bases have become operational nationwide.
However, the number of centers which do not own a building or have sufficient room is not remarkable, the deputy minister said.
As per the plan, he said, a number of staff in each comprehensive health centers called ‘health protectors’, who are actively providing health services to the people.
“This means that they should not remain at the centers and wait for people to come and receive services. They should go, find people and offer them their services.
He listed the people who meet the standards to be employed by the centers as the graduates of public health and midwifery as well as mental health and nutrition experts.
“Of course, the Ministry of Health and Medical Education will hold a 150-hour training class for all of these applicants. Attending the training sessions in mandatory for them. They also pass courses for providing services.”
Each ordinary health center in Iran offers services to some 12,500 people, he said, adding each comprehensive health center, whose level is higher than the ordinary ones, provides services to between 30,000 and 50,000 people.
“In these [comprehensive centers] for there is one ‘health protector’ per 3,000 people.”