News ID: 267073
Published: 0731 GMT March 25, 2020

Iran says will use MSF humanitarian aid

Iran says will use MSF humanitarian aid

Political Desk

Iran said its Health Ministry will use the humanitarian aid and medical equipment sent by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), known as Doctors Without Borders in English. 

Expressing gratitude toward MSF’s for its aid, the Iranian administration's spokesman, Ali Rabiei, added the trip by a team from the organization to Iran was made in complete coordination with the related organizations of the country, IRNA reported.

He stressed that while respecting all countries and international organizations that have offered aid to Iran to support the country in the fight against the new coronavirus, the policy pursued by the Islamic Republic toward such proposals by any country and international organization is that it welcomes them irrespective of their size.

Rabiei also called on all Iranians inside and outside the country to participate in the fight against the virus and provide the domestic health system with their technical, financial, scientific and spiritual assistance, saying this is all humans’ religious, national and humane duty.

The international humanitarian medical non-governmental organization, MSF has offered Iran to build a makeshift hospital in the country. Earlier, it said it intended to staff the inflatable hospital it planned to set up in the central Iranian province of Isfahan with a team comprising nine ICU specialists.

The coronavirus, which causes a respiratory disease, emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan in Hubei Province late last year and is currently affecting a large number of countries and territories across the globe. It has infected and killed people in a large number of the countries.

On Wednesday, Iran’s Health Ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour said the infections have reached 27,017 in the country.

With 143 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the toll has reached 2,077, he added, regretting that 2,206 new cases have been identified in the past 24 hours. Jahanpour put the number of the recovered patients at 9,625.

He said 47.5 million people across the country have been so far screened for coronavirus symptoms.

In May 2018, President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015, and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran. Mainly targeting Iran’s oil revenues, the sanctions have also impeded delivery of drugs, medical equipment and humanitarian aid to Iran while the country is in a fight against the coronavirus spread.


Resource: IRNA
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