Iran’s government pledges $815 million aid for nurses - vice president

Iran Materials 25 June 2013 16:17 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, May.25/ Trend F.Karimov/

The administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will pay 10 billion rials (about $815 million) in aid to nurses in the form of interest-free loans, IRNA quoted first vice-president Mohammad-Reza Rahimi as saying.

In January, ISNA quoted President of the General Nursing Council of Iran, Ghazanfar Mirzabeygi, as saying that during the last three years, according to Iranian president's decree, about 90,000 people were employed by the Ministry of Health.

"This year, we plan to employ 30,000 more, with 17-18 thousand of them being nurses," Mirzabeygi said.

In October 2012, Mirzabeygi said that the hospitals in Iran are experiencing shortage of nurses, who leave the country on a daily basis.

According to Mirzabeygi, the nurses leave Iran because of low salaries, while abroad they are getting paid more than in Iran.

Mirzabeygi said that recently, one of Iran's neighboring countries, without revealing which country, said it seeks to invite some 30,000 of Iran's nurses for work, with a monthly salary of $2,000, "Tehran Emruz" newspaper reported.

Secretary of Iran's Nursing Council Sadighe Salimi has also said that daily some 40 nurses leave Iran, and the situation in the hospitals is critical.

She said that newly hired nurses in Iran get a salary of some $380, and such low payment forces nurses to leave their jobs.

Salimi said that these nurses mostly leave to the U.S., Canada an Australia, where the average nursing salary ranges from $2,500 to $4,000.