The Iranian regime’s appalling management of the Coronavirus health crisis has resulted in an extremely high death toll. The crisis has been spiraling out of control and parts of the country are currently experiencing the third wave.
More and more people are speaking out about the Iranian regime’s poor decisions and lack of decisive action. Scientific and medical experts have been warning the regime about the situation, but their advice is systematically ignored.
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) April 16, 2020
The MEK, the Iranian opposition to the mullahs’ regime, has been monitoring the situation since the beginning of the outbreak because the corrupt mullahs’ regime cannot be trusted to be honest in such situations. The regime claims that the numbers of people have died – just a sixth of the figure stated by the MEK.
The medical workers across Iran have been the real heroes. They are the ones that risk their lives, and the health of their loved ones, to treat those that are ill. Many medical workers have made the difficult decision to stay away from their families – to protect them. But many medical workers do not have the luxury to be able to do this.
In Search of Justice’ (ISJ):#Nurses, #doctors, and other medical workers need significant assistance from the #international #community.https://t.co/c6CId07lM3#MEK #Iran @USAdarFarsi #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/QIgUemUaDK
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) April 12, 2020
Depression and exhaustion is also affecting medical workers who are putting everything into their work. But what makes the situation even more difficult to swallow is the news that many medical workers, including nurses and doctors, are not even being paid their base salaries never mind any overtime for the additional hours worked.
Even state-run media outlets are reporting on the reality of the situation. Traditionally state-run media outlets have painted the regime in a favorable light, but it is clear this is no longer possible. One outlet, the Javan publication, described the Coronavirus health crisis as “a time bomb that can explode at any moment”.
— Women's Committee NCRI (@womenncri) April 15, 2020
This is certainly the case, and as the Deputy Health Minister Iraj Haririchi recently said, there is no point in color-coding the country according to the level of seriousness. He said that the whole country is in a red state – the most critical level.
A member of the National Coronavirus Combat Task Force recently said that it is impossible to talk about first, second, and third waves at this stage, indicating that the whole country is “constantly on the Coronavirus wave”.
The withholding of salaries for medical workers is truly shocking given that the country’s Supreme Leader has a huge wealth. It is estimated that the wealth accumulated by Khamenei and his various institutions and organizations is worth around $1 Trillion. Why have none of these organizations given any assistance to the medical workers that are propping the country up?
Wrecking the lives of Iranian medical workers #IransAngels
This gathering took place in Babol, North of Iran as frontline #COVID19 fighters took on the risk to do extra time but got nothing back from the government @WHO
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) September 28, 2020
The Ministry of Health was supposed to get €1 billion from the National Development fund earlier this year, but not even a third of it has materialized. This means that hospitals have not been equipped to deal with the pandemic and that salaries are withheld.
Many are warning that a catastrophe is coming. Ms. Mohraz from the Coronavirus Task Force said that the medical workers are “suffering from weakness and fatigue”. She warned that if nothing changes with regards to the working conditions for medical workers, “the country will face a catastrophe”.
Crowds of frustrated healthcare workers in Iran have been shaping since late July. Caring medical staff in #Isfahan and #Shiraz demand their wages, saying hospitals are not paying them according to new government approvals that should be $125https://t.co/Mo35Hup9qE pic.twitter.com/1UGviAlZUS
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) August 2, 2020
It is shameful that the regime has neglected its frontline workers in this way, especially considering that the regime has more than enough wealth to improve conditions.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI): Hail to the doctors and nurses who are saving lives by taking the highest risks. As the number of casualties is approaching 120,000, the IRGC must be disbanded, and its budget and facilities allocated to the healthcare system to help combat Coronavirus.
We commemorate the physicians and nurses who lost their lives to provide care to the #Coronavirus patients.They risk their own lives while their basic rights have been trampled for years under the mullahs’ rule.All of us feel indebted to these selfless women & men #IND2020 #Iran pic.twitter.com/OvNDhY9fDM
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) May 12, 2020