New wards open in Razavi Hospital, including an additional ICU and CCU as well as a department dedicated to health tourists.
Hoj. Raeisi, the general custodian of Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine attended the ceremony held on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
The second intensive care unit (ICU2), the fourth coronary care unit (CCU4), coronary care unit for the International Patient Department (CCU IPD), for health tourists, and also Extracorporeal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL) went on stream at this hospital belonging to Astan Quds Razavi (AQR), the body in charge of Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine.
According to Astan News, each bed in these intensive care units has cost almost 10 billion Rls. both for infrastructure and equipment. This means that the total 65 beds readied for service during the recent years have cost around 700 billion Rls. at large.
With respect to many referrals to the hospital by health tourists during the recent months - visits by over 7,300 health tourists during the first nine months (starting March 20) – establishment of CCU IPD was one of the important plans materialized at Razavi Hospital. CCU IPD currently has 20 beds for medical treatment services.
Inaugurating the new wards, the general custodian of Imam Reza (AS) Holy Shrine also paid a visit to 11 operating rooms and the newly established medical library of Razavi Hospital.
Speaking at the inauguration event, Dr. Saeidi, the dean of Razavi Hospital offers updates on receiving health tourists at the hospital.
“In 2016, some 3.4 percent of the annual income of this hospital came from services offered to the health tourists,” he said. “In 2017, the figure rose to 4.3 percent thanks to 5,200 non-Iranian referrals and 140 billion Rls. of capital attraction. The almost twofold increase in the number of referrals by health tourists, i.e. 7,300 non-Iranian patients, nine months into the 2018, raised 200 billion Rls. for this hospital in revenue. The figure accounts for 7.2 percent of the total annual incomes of the hospital during this period. On this basis, we inaugurated today, 20 beds for CCU IPD ward, staffed by personnel speaking various foreign languages.”
At an inauguration ceremony for Factor VIII Production Line at Saman Daroo 8 earlier, Hoj. Raeisi highlighted the importance of public health to Astan Quds Razavi, but admitted that AQR “has no intention of implementing economic projects at any cost. Therefore, the investments have been funneled into manufacturing medicines and agricultural strategic products that directly affect the people’s health and food.”
Development of infrastructures for producing various types of strategic medicines is one of the economic priorities of AQR, he noted.
Hoj. Raeisi further revealed that the Economic Organization of AQR has funded research on five medicines for cancer patients at Saman Daroo 8 Pharmaceutical Company.
Also briefing the officials at that opening ceremony, Majid Tabasi, the managing director of Saman Daroo 8, exiled Iran’s fourth position in the world with the technology of producing Factor VIII.
“Saman Daroo 8 could localize this technology and this is an honor for Astan Quds Razavi,” he said, noting that the technical know-how of Factor VIII was previously at the disposal of three American-European corporations.
Tabasi further noted that Saman Daroo will first meet all the demands of hemophiliac patients in Iran and then will follow the company’s export policies.
“During the recent years, the company received customers from the neighboring countries, but regional markets will be covered once production capacity is boosted and the entire domestic demands are met.”