On September 21, 2021, Iran’s health minister made an unprecedented confession about the death of coronavirus patients and the lack of oxygen in the country.
On this subject, the state-run news agency SNN quoting the health minister wrote:
“The daily deaths of 600 and 700 people are catastrophic. I went to nine provinces, and I’ve seen all their ICUs. The situation is catastrophic. The most important issue for coronavirus patients was maintenance and oxygen which were catastrophic when I went to Imam Reza Hospital, more than 80% of the patients were intubated (dangerous and dying coronavirus patients who are intubated in their trachea).”
When reading these sentences someone can think that the regime’s health minister is concerned about the situation and the lack of medicine and oxygen, but he is the minister of a government which in such a situation is exporting the country’s much-needed oxygen to Iraq.
Basra Health Department announced the arrival of 60-ton shipments of the Iranian regime’s donated oxygen to Basra to meet the needs of coronavirus patients in health institutions.
Iraqi media also reported on the efforts of the Iranian consulate in Basra, the general efforts of the regime, the Hashd al-Shaabi, the Basra Health Department, and the representative of Khamenei’s office to send liquid oxygen tankers to Basra.
This comes after the Iranian people died in hospitals because of the lack of oxygen.
In appreciation of sending the oxygen needed for coronavirus patients from Iran to Basra, Basra’s Health Director Abbas Khalaf Tamimi said in a television interview:
“I thank the Islamic Republic and its consulate in Basra, the governor of Khuzestan, and the Hashd al-Shaabi for the arrival of the first shipment of liquid oxygen to Basra hospitals. Some of these shipments are also shipped to Helleh province.
“This is not a strange news story for the Islamic Republic. I cannot thank them enough, and I expect them to send more oxygen shipments to Basra. We receive 60 tons of oxygen per day or a day in between from the Islamic Republic, and tomorrow, inshallah, 100 tons more will come.
“We need a high level of discipline in this work and the Iranian side is cooperating very well with us. This cooperation is not limited to today, but in the coming days, our brothers at the Iranian consulate will cooperate in this regard. They inform the governor of Khuzestan to cooperate with government parties and with the high organization over the coming months by the end of the year.” (Al-Ahd TV, August 4, 2021)
ISNA approved this event and wrote: “The Islamic Republic of Iran has sent tankers carrying liquid oxygen to Iraq for patient use across the Shalamcheh border, Basra crisis committee announced Saturday.” (August 16, 2021)
Asaad al-Idani, chairman of the committee and governor of Basra, said in a statement: “We have coordinated with the governor of Khuzestan regarding the arrival of three tankers carrying liquid oxygen through the Shalamcheh border, and this oxygen will be sent to hospitals where coronavirus patients are hospitalized.”
The state-run news agency IRNA about the critical situation in Iran’s hospitals and the lack of oxygen wrote:
“Due to the high number of hospitalization of patients in southwestern Khuzestan hospitals and high humidity of air, hospital oxygen maker devices do not meet the needs of patients and we are faced with a severe shortage of oxygen capsules due to the sultry air the oxygen maker machine of Taleghani Hospital of Abadan and Valiasr Hospital in Khorramshahr are disabled, and more than 200 capsules of oxygen is needed to provide oxygen for patients. Now 20 cities in Khuzestan including Abadan, Khorramshahr, and Shadegan are in the red situation, three are orange cities and four are yellow cities.” (September 5, 2021)
About oxygen shortages in hospitals in South Khorasan province, Tasnim news agency wrote: “Lack of oxygen in medical centers and hospitals in North Khorasan has been evident due to the outbreak of the fifth peak of coronavirus and the peak of the presence of coronavirus patients in different wards.” (Tasnim, September 3, 2021)
In this regard, Hamshahri newspaper wrote on August 30, 2021: “Eight provinces of Gilan, Isfahan, North Khorasan, Hamedan, Khorasan Razavi, Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, Kermanshah and Qom are facing oxygen shortages, which has caused additional pressure on patients and medical staff.”
The lack of oxygen and its devices is so high that numerous people have been waging oxygen therapy campaigns to collect cash and supply oxygen devices in Iran.