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Sanctions affecting patients in Iran

2012-10-21 18:41

Tehran - Some six million patients in Iran are affected by Western economic sanctions as import of medicine is becoming increasingly difficult, a governmental paper reported on Sunday, quoting a health official.

Sanctions imposed on Iran's banking sector "severely affected" the import of drugs and pharmaceutical devices for treatment of complex illnesses, the Iran Daily newspaper quoted Fatemeh Hashemi, head of the Foundation for Special Diseases, as saying.

The sanctions have seriously complicated banking transactions, causing a hike in prices, and even a shortage in some sectors, even though they do not specifically target the sale of medicine and medical equipment to Iran, Hashemi said.

"We feel the shortage primarily for cancer and multiple sclerosis drugs.

"Of course, Thalassemia and dialysis patients are also the targets of these hardships," she was quoted as saying.

Her comments mark the first time that an Iranian official has linked the impact of Western sanctions to major public health problem in the Islamic republic.

Iran had repeatedly said before the summer that sanctions imposed over its disputed nuclear programme had little effect on the country.

Few media reports mentioned any effect on health, but to explain an important increase in the price of medicine in the past two years.

"The price of domestically produced drugs has increased 15 to 20% during the past three months and that of imported supplements by 20 to 80%," pharmacist Mohammad Hossein Hariri said recently.

According to the newspaper report, Hashemi sent a letter to UN General Secretary Ban Ki-moon in August asking him to make a case to the West for "lifting the sanctions as they are political in nature and prove to the inexcusable detriment of patients in Iran."

Iran is under different rounds of sanctions designed by the United States, European Union and the UN Security Council to pressure it to curb its controversial nuclear programme.

Western powers suspect Tehran is using the programme to develop atomic weapons capability.

Iran denies that and says its nuclear activities are purely peaceful.


Comments
  • omo.naija.750 - 2012-10-21 18:59

    ...And the systematic economic and social genocide aka zimbabwefication has been courtesy of the West & Israel launched on Iran. How this is supposed to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons is beyond me.Just like in Zimbabwe ,the ordinary citizens will suffer for a "crime" they never committed.What a heartless bunch these "super powers" are.

      larry.lachman.54 - 2012-10-21 19:33

      To the idiots of this world, the Iranian leadership have no blame in this. whereas they can simply avert their own citizens hardships, and potential devastation and deaths, by complying with the wishes of Western nations. Iran is not owed anything. If they can manage by themselves without needing trade and investment, as does North Korea, then they are welcome to do so. But developing nuclear armaments sets them on a path of conflict, so they must not now cry foul.

      irvin.mkhari - 2012-10-21 19:34

      they are no human,are killers who have no interest in other countries and people.they are interested on enriching themselves.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 22:35

      Oi Naija, some strong word selection there!

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-21 19:37

    And as usual Iran choose to oppress the basic needs of their people, choosing war and defiance over peace.. It is the truth of Islamic countries that we have come to know.

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-10-21 19:43

    this does not make any sense,is wrong when powerless countries make nuclear but when superpower countries does it is fine.i hurt this animals.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 22:21

      "Hurt" them indeed and hard!

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-10-21 19:53

    the Europeans,americans and UN want to rule the world for their on benefits.

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-10-21 19:59

    help help... Hitler, the UN want to control the world.

  • Adeeb Saban - 2012-10-21 21:09

    Well said Omonjia

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-21 21:34

    In Iraq, the ex US Secretary of State, Madeline Albright said that the deaths of 500,000 Iraqi CHILDREN as a result of the sanctions was "worth it" (for bogus WMDs). In 1991 the US war planners targeted and destroyed the infrastructure of Baghdad’s water supplies, and the sanctions thereafter denied new equipment necessary to repair it. In the case of Iran they have dropped even the pretense of a current threat and say Iran should be economically isolated (and then bombed) because at some point in the future they might think about developing nuclear weapons. The usual propaganda is being fed to the people of the west (and western agents in this country) to justify the pain that these sanctions are inflicting upon an already suffering Iranian civilian population. The racist pathology of Western propaganda cripples the economy of Iran with sanctions, then turn around & blame it on the alleged Iranian nuclear program. It is made even more surreal and hypocritical by the fact that the chief cheer leaders for sanctioning/bombing/irradiating Iran are all countries who most definitely have nuclear weapons and a recent history of invading other countries illegally. But for a country/ies that describes 500,000 children dying (as a result of sanctions) as "a price worth paying", psychopathic tendencies run deep..

      Adeeb Saban - 2012-10-21 21:40

      Well said Fidel.

      allcoveredinNinjas - 2012-10-22 08:11

      The problem is again is not the perpetrator , why did they have sanctions put on them?

  • Abdul Motala - 2012-10-22 06:16

    in coming 20 year america and jew will again coloniez whole world wait n watch and they using same strtage welcome to slevery

  • DSBennie - 2012-10-22 07:48

    Europe still allows the trade of medical supplies with Iran, and since when did we take for fact the printing of a paper owned by a despotic regime???

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-22 09:26

      I am quite amazed about the ability of generally knowledgeable people to come on on internet thread and make complete fool of themselves. International trade is done using a basket of currencies, but mainly the US dollar.

  • richard.bosmano - 2012-10-22 09:34

    Shame , no medicine.Boo hoo then. Change your vile government and you can get your meds , else,f off

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-10-22 09:38

      I thought that you lot supported democratic principles, and the Iranians had an election where the incumbents were given a political mandate/legitimacy.

  • mmoledis - 2012-10-27 19:25

    Let the issue of Iran be sorted out quickly, because politicians there are not them filling the heat of sanctions but ordinary citizens whom have put their trust to those they have voted into the high office to can make life for them better and easier.Hope Iran and the West can smoke a peace pipe for the sake of the Iranian poor citizens.

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