Official hails IRGC efforts to open 500-bed hospital in eastern Tehran

Tasnim – Dr. Alireza Zali, who is in charge of Tehran’s Coronavirus Combat Headquarters, praised the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps for opening a 500-bed mobile hospital in the capital amid the country’s ongoing fight against the virus pandemic.

“This fully-equipped hospital has been launched by Ground Force of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in less than 24 hours which is really a good record. The hospital is unique of its kind in the Western Asia region,” Dr. Zali told reporters on Sunday while paying a visit to the field hospital stationed in eastern Tehran.

What distinguishes it from other sophisticated mobile hospitals in the region is that it has 30 intensive care units that can be moved and settled in a new place and situation swiftly, he added.

Dr. Zali, who is a neurosurgery professor at the Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, further said that the hospital can provide medical treatment to coronavirus patients for one entire month without any help from the outside world.

The IRGC has also opened three field hospitals in northern and southern Iranian provinces as part of nationwide efforts to stem the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The number of coronavirus deaths in Iran has risen to 3,603 as of Sunday from 3,452 on Saturday, the county’s health ministry announced.

“With 151 new deaths in the past 24 hours, the death toll from the virus has reached 3,603. Unfortunately, we had 2,483 new cases since yesterday,” Iranian Health Ministry spokesman Kianoosh Jahanpoor said during his daily press briefing on Sunday.

He added that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country has reached 58,226.

Jahanpoor said that while 4,057 patients were in critical condition, recoveries had increased over recent days and a total of 22,011 people had left the hospital.