On 22 March the official website of the MSF wrote that: “The international medical humanitarian organization, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), sent a 50-bed inflatable hospital and an emergency team of nine people to Isfahan, the second-worst affected province in Iran, to increase hospital capacity for treating patients critically ill from coronavirus disease, also known as COVID-19.”
However, the Iranian government demanded that Doctors Without Borders, who arrived in Isfahan with doctors, medicine and equipment, leave Iran.
While Doctors Without Borders had announced its readiness to build a field hospital in Isfahan, Iranian Ministry of Health officials, despite the initial agreement, eventually rejected their presence in the country.
A spokesman for Isfahan University of Medical Sciences had earlier said: “The Doctors Without Borders is building and launching a field hospital to confronting the coronavirus with a capacity of 47 beds at Amin Hospital in Isfahan metropolitan area.
Julie Reverse MSF’s representative in Iran said: “Iran is by far the hardest-hit country in the region, and Isfahan is the second-worst affected province. We hope our assistance will relieve at least some of the pressure on the local health system.”
Isfahan has the second-highest number of patients infected with the coronavirus after Tehran, the second-highest among provinces in the country, and is in an emergency situation.
In this regard, Alireza Wahabzadeh, an adviser to the Minister of Health in a tweet, wrote: “While thanking Doctors Without Borders, with the implementation of the National Mobilization Plan to confronting the coronavirus and the full utilization of the Armed Forces’ therapeutic capacity, there is no need for hospital beds by external forces. And this presence is rejected.”
The representative of Iran’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei in the Kayhan newspaper, Hossein Shariatmadari, after Khamenei’s speech against the US, protested the presence of MSF in Iran.
The Iranian regime is preventing the presence of any foreign aid. The reality is that the numbers and the coronavirus outbreak are much worse than the regime is telling, and the regime is trying to hide it. Because from the first days this regime takes absolutely no responsibility for the outbreak and was even responsible for the outbreak. And to divert the minds of the public opinion from the regime crimes, made a fake enemy like about any other issue in the past 41 years.