A former health minister for Iran slammed the administration of US President Donald Trump for sanctions which, he says, directly harm Iranian medical capabilities; as well as the EU for its indecision in providing Iran with an effective way to bypass the sanctions and engage in full-fledged trade and financial operations.
Ali-Reza Marandi, head of the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences, said in a letter to EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini, that US sanctions are preventing medical aid from reaching patients in Iran and have led to the deaths of Iranian patients.
“The illegal sanctions, based on evidence and documentation and as stated in the several correspondences that I have had with the UN Secretary-General, have limited access to medicine and vital medical equipment, leading to critical health conditions and the death of many innocent patients,” he wrote, according to an AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA) report.
Marandi noted that the sanctions had significantly devalued Iranian currency, making it difficult for residents of the nation to buy healthy food and modern medicines.
“The use of brutal sanctions has led to a reduction in the value of the national currency, a decrease in the public’s purchasing power, and rising prices. As a result, providing affordable healthy food for many people has become problematic. Therefore, the US-led economic warfare and terrorism has had a direct impact on the health of the…