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WHO envoy hails anti-coronavirus activities in Iran western province

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Hamedan, Aug 3, IRNA -- World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Iran Christoph Hamelmann said on Monday that satisfactory anti-coronavirus activities are underway in western Iranian province of Hamedan.

Hamelmann made the remarks in a meeting held in Hamedan with the board of directors of Bu Ali Sina University in this western Iranian province.

Launch of the production line to make protective gowns and equipment to tackle coronavirus and publish of research studies on the deadly virus have been among satisfactory activities done in Hamedan, Hamelmannn said.

The most important problem on the way to fight the pandemic is related to providing protective equipment, the WHO official said.

He underlined that the WHO plans to import medical and health equipment to various world countries and produce coronavirus test kits to contain the deadly virus.

He further said that the WHO has taken measures to support Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education to provide medical equipment needed for hospitals and develop labs' capabilities.

Health official in Hamedan, Manouchehr Karami, told IRNA on Monday that the World Health Organization's representative was to arrive in Hamedan later in the day.

According to Hamelmann, visits to medical centers are taking place in line with Iran COVID-19 Emergency Response Project (ICERP).

Paying tribute to medical personnel, Hamelmann said that many physicians are today on the frontline of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Appreciating Hamedan university for its hospitality, the WHO official hoped that health knowledge would promote.

The deadly coronavirus radiating from Wuhan, China, in December 2019 has affected near 18,238,000 people across the world and killed over 692,000 people; while in Iran the number of the dead is near 17,200.


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