• Sat / 6 June 2020 / 14:19
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Businesses must be active alongside fighting against coronavirus; there’s no 2nd way: Iran’s President

Businesses must be active alongside fighting against coronavirus; there’s no 2nd way: Iran’s President

Tehran (ISNA) – Iran’s president described the country's doctors, nurses and medical staff lively defenders of the health field, stressing that businesses and the country's economy must be active at the same time as fighting the coronavirus, and that there is no other way.

Speaking on Saturday at the session of the National Task Force for Fighting Coronavirus, President Hassan Rouhani said, "Our red line in fighting coronavirus is the country's ability to maintain health and medical care, and epidemics must always be below this red line and the country's health sector’s ability”.

Stating that the activities of the health sector in the fight against coronavirus are focused on vulnerable groups, Dr. Rouhani stressed, "The coronavirus epidemic period will be long and we don’t know when it will end, and in such an environment, health protocols must be followed carefully”.

The President also announced the continuation of providing support packages to the needy until the end of the year and said, "Providing the needs of the health sector for fighting coronavirus, providing necessary services to the public, providing essential goods and providing support packages to the needy are the government’s four important tasks, and all these tasks are being carried out well”.

Referring to the report presented at the meeting on the readiness of the Ministry of Health to fight the disease in the country, Dr. Rouhani said, "According to this report, 1,200 centres across the country are ready to take samples and test people, and 17,500 health centres across the country are ready to provide health services to the people, which is a great honour for the country”.

Mentioning that scientific and research activities and clinical work have been carried out during this period and according to statistics, 1,099 patients have been tested so far in the framework of these activities, the President said, "Fortunately, the country's medical staff is not only active in providing health and medical services to patients, but it has made great efforts in the field of science, while Iran ranks 15th in the world in terms of scientific rank and 1st in the region and the world of Islam”.

He also went on to state that two drugs that have been effective in treating coronavirus have been identified and are being used in the country, saying, "In the past, people used to be sent to Europe and the United States for treatment, but today many people travel to Iran for treatment, and even some surgeries, such as organ transplants in Iran, are performed in the best possible way”.

Referring to the efforts of the health sector in the fight against coronavirus and the efforts of the relevant agencies to equip hospitals and medical centres, the President added, "Currently, 1,000 CT scans have been provided to health centres and 40 new devices have been prepared for hospitals".

Dr. Rouhani emphasised, "Now we have to pay attention to the fact that this epidemic will be long-term and there is no definite end to it until we can access the approved vaccine, and people should not imagine that this problem will be solved in 15 days or a month by observing health protocols”.

The President continued, "All health instructions must be followed by everyone for a long time, and this will include washing hands and using masks everywhere and for a long time".

Referring to the Minister of Health and Medical Education's report on the increase in the spread of the disease in a region due to holding a wedding ceremony, the President said, "Everybody must observe health protocols”.

Dr. Rouhani added, "People should be aware that what they consider for the future should not be limited to a week or a month, but should continue for several months and at least until the end of the year, and this should be the basis for the society and social activities".

Stating that the new dimensions of the virus are becoming clearer every day, the president said, "There was a time when there was hope in the society that the virus would disappear or it was rumoured that the virus would weaken on its own. The virus did not go away despite the heat, and it has not been scientifically proven”.

Dr. Rouhani said, "We should not plan and take action due to false hopes that have no scientific basis and researchers do not approve of it”.

 “People's activities related to their lives and businesses and cultural issues, such as holding congregational prayers, worship and prayers in mosques, must be carried out in accordance with health protocols,” said President Rouhani.

Dr. Rouhani pointed out, "There are a number of principles that must be observed by everyone; the first is personal hygiene and, above all, washing hands, and the second is the observance of social and physical distancing in the society”.

The President continued, "We must put aside gatherings and receptions such as weddings, mourning and traditional family gatherings".

Dr. Rouhani emphasised that in order to carry out social activities, we must use cyberspace and the Internet in the first place and the second priority should be the real space, adding, "All sectors must provide the conditions for people to receive services through this space”.

Pointing out that most of the activities of the country's health sector are carried out in cyberspace today, the president said, "Part of the training and education should be done online”.

Dr. Rouhani emphasised that we must fight anxiety and rumours in the society and not make things big, saying, "The country's ability to do medical work is considered as the ceiling of activities in the country, which includes hospital facilities, including diagnostic devices, ICU beds and ventilators”.

Dr. Rouhani said, "We should not make people anxious and worried, while people should follow the instructions and try not to be obsessed".

“Providing the needs of the health sector for fighting coronavirus, providing necessary services to the public, providing essential goods and providing support packages to the needy are the government’s four important tasks, and all these tasks are being carried out well,” said the President.

The President continued, "People should not have any worries about the supply of basic goods, because we have provided all that is needed, and the situation is getting better day by day".

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