Baku, Azerbaijan, June 9
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran plans to develop a health information and communication network for Islamic Countries.
The decision was made at the 4th Conference on Health Tourism in Islamic Countries which was held in Tehran in November 2013, Iran's deputy health minister for Planning and Supervision Mohammad Jahangiri said, Iranian Mehr news agency reported on June 9.
Jahangiri went on to say that the network will come on stream simultaneously with the Economic Cooperation Organization's (ECO) health tourism conference which is scheduled to be held during July-August this year.
The Medical Council Organization of Iran is managing the project, the official said, adding that Iran's health ministry and Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) are the supporters of the plan.
The network will provide online services in the medicine and health sector, Jahangiri noted.
Telemedicine and telesurgery are among the services which are planed to be activated in the health information and communication network, he added.
Iranian officials repeatedly claim that the country has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years, however, the country suffers from shortages of some vital medicine.
International sanctions against Iran have hindered trade of medicines, as pharmaceutical firms have been refusing to sell Iran drugs due to difficulties in receiving payments.
Edited by CN