In a speech to members of the Health Charity Association several days following the dismissal of Iran’s Health Minister, Ayatollah Khamenei said that matters of health and medicine are receiving priority over many other national issues. In addition to the growing concern in Iran over price increased and medication shortages, the Supreme Leader called on Iran’s senior leaders to draw up appropriate plans in order to reassure the public on health and medical matters. He said, “Officials and those who are conscientious should make plans and conduct administrative affairs in such a way that the people’s minds will be set at ease about the issue of [medical] treatment.” The apolitical, not-for-profit Health Charity Association raises financial and scientific funding for health and medicine in Iran, and its members include former politicians such as Mohammad Bagher Ardeshir Larijani, formerly a senior official in the Ministry of Health who was dismissed from his position as head of the Medical Studies Faculty immediately after the dismissal of the Health Minister. The former Minister of Health’s opposition to demands to dismiss Larijani as Head of the Faculty and her criticism of the lack of government funding for foreign currency to purchase medicine were the main reasons behind her dismissal.
Supreme Leader Iran calls on government to formulate proper health and medical plans
- Published: 24 days ago on Thursday, 3 January 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: January 3, 2013 @ 3:46 pm
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