Tuesday, 14 January, 2020

Iran’s first exclusive hospital for Christian Armenians

Iran’s Health Minister Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi has said the country plans to construct an exclusive hospital for Christian Armenians in Tehran.

Speaking on the sidelines of a visit to an 83-year-old Armenian patient, Hashemi expressed hope that the first exclusively Armenian hospital in Iran to be build soon.

Congratulating Iranian Christians for the beginning of new year, he also expressed hope for a peaceful cooperation among different world’s religions.

“The Armenians living in Iran have participated in all country’s critical events especially 8-year old imposed war in which many of them were mutilated or martyred.” He added.

Stressing the equality among all humans, he added “The Government is obliged to provide medical and health services for even non-Iranian individuals. We are all responsible for offering medical services for all Iranian citizens. Based on our religious belief, all humans are equal and in case of emergency, they should be provided such services.”

“We already planned to construct a hospital dedicated to Armenians in Tehran with the help of Armenians and Tehran’s Municipality. In this regard, some attempts were made to fulfill such a dream. But unfortunately, the construction process has not advanced well. Anyway, there is now a special clinic for Armenians that is sponsored by the Government. The capacity for constructing a exclusive hospital for them is on the rise following the number of Armenian specialists existed in Iran.” Hashemi told.

Iran’s Health Minister addressed Armenians : “Today I feel Nowruz is coming sooner than it should be due to being among you. Your (Armenians) tradition has some similarities with ours.”

There are about 150,000 Christians living in Iran, most of them Armenians, who these days celebrate Christmas in churches and at home.

Image: Mohammadreza Yousefi, Mehr News

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