Iran shuts down 17 hospitals
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 23
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
Some 17 hospitals were closed down in Iran due to financial problems and lack of equipment, Iran's Health Minister Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi told reporters, the Nasim news website reported Dec. 23.
He also said that currently there are 35 unfinished hospitals in Iran.
"Iran's government plans to complete their construction and commission them with a support from the private sector," the minister added.
Qazizadeh Hashemi also said Iran's healthcare sector is facing a shortage of personnel.
The Iranian media reported that the country's hospitals do not have enough nurses.
Because of the low wages Iranian nurses are leaving the country in search of better paid jobs abroad.
The minimum wage of the nurses in Iran amounts to about $380.
In the US, Canada and Australia, where the Iranian nurses go for a more profitable employment, the nurses earn a monthly average of $2500-$4000.
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