Alongside those appealing to local health institutions for treatment and healing, there are not a few people who seek help in foreign countries, especially in the healthcare system of neighboring countries. There are a sufficient number of people going to Iran for treatment and surgery. Among those people, those who were deceived by the exaggerated possibilities of Iranian health care, and as a result, those who lost both their health and their money, prevailed more than those who recovered and regained their health. Those usually become victims of the positive but fictitious results they heard from someone and the propaganda carried out in this direction. Although in many cases they are taken out of the country in the name of cheap and quality medical care, they often experience the opposite and have to return to the country's healthcare.
Medical field-one of the means of influence of Iran in Azerbaijan
APA recalls that after Azerbaijan gained independence one of the means of Iran to influence Azerbaijan was healthcare. Tehran tried to make a fake impression of its allegedly high-level healthcare for years. Unfortunately, we have enough people who believe Iran's false advertising that it has a "quality and cheap health care" system. Victims of this kind of cheap propaganda, our citizens go to Iran to find healing, and as a result, they put themselves in danger.
By recalling some facts, it can be shown that what is said about the healthcare system in Iran is nothing but a myth.
How can the healthcare of Iran, which is left out of technological development, develop?
After Iran's Islamic revolution in 1979, the mullah regime, whose relations with the US and leading Western countries were completely disrupted, was always under sanctions. Due to these sanctions, as well as problems in bilateral relations, Iran is left out of all technological development going on the world.
It is impossible for a country left out of technological updates and developments to establish a powerful healthcare system. Because of technological development, applying modern medical devices and equipment is a basic condition for the development of the healthcare system.
Moreover, Iran, which is under sanctions, is prohibited from importing necessary medical and chemical substances. Which means a sharp decrease in the quality of the drugs produced in the country.
Another fact is that due to the sanctions applied for many years, and the socio-economic situation of the country, as in other fields, competent and professional personnel are leaving Iran en masse.
Due to the enumerated reasons, it is simply impossible that Iran to develop this field.
It is also important to mention that involving people in examination and treatment in Iran has become a special area of profit for individual fake businessmen as well as companies. They deceive our citizens with false promises and conditions and take them to Iran, where various unpleasant moments are experienced.
In order for the citizen to stay in hospitals for a longer period of time and spend more money, incorrect diagnoses are deliberately made to them, test results are falsified, the patient and their relatives are often falsely told that the disease is in an acute and severe form. Sometimes, treatment measures are taken to alleviate the condition of patients, but this is mostly of a temporary nature.
After a while, when the patient's condition worsens, they have to go to Iran again and visit the same hospital and doctor. This is also done so that the patient remains dependent on that hospital and doctor for a long time, spends more money, and in return the other party gets rich.
At the same time, in some cases, certain viruses are injected into the patient's body, thereby laying the foundation for other diseases. The emergence of new diseases means a serious blow to the gene pool.
Victims of Iran's health care with facts
What has been written so far may raise certain questions or may not be convincing to someone, but the facts also confirm what is written.
For example, Arzu Aliyeva, who was a victim of Iran's health system a few years ago, got married at the age of 19, but the treatments she took to become pregnant did not work.
Arzu Aliyeva says that although she was offered intrauterine insemination in one of the hospitals in Baku, her husband did not agree with it. For this reason, they went to Tabriz, where they underwent all examinations and were prescribed treatment: "After two months of treatment, I felt nauseous and my stomach began to swell. I contacted the doctor and explained my situation. He said that I am already pregnant. In other words, all the signs pointed to it."
But Arzu Aliyeva's joy did not last long. Her stomach grew rapidly and it became difficult to breathe: "I went to the women's consultation office. The doctor said that you are not pregnant, water has accumulated in your stomach. I was sent to the Research Institute of Lung Disorders. After being examined there, it became clear that I was infected with intestinal tuberculosis. Moreover, after the treatment I received in Iran, I developed an allergy to medicines."
Karim Karimov also went to Iran to regain his health, but everything turned out the other way around: "In 2012, I was examined and found out that I was infected with the Hepatitis C. The doctor said that you should take quantitative and qualitative tests. I wanted to be treated in Iran. At that time, it was a bit of a fashion to go to Iran, and someone who had a toothache wanted to have it removed in Iran. I also went to the "Behrud" clinic in Tabriz on the advice of a taxi driver. To be honest, I was surprised by the conditions created for Azerbaijani patients there, there was an interpreter. Moreover, it was impossible to find an Iranian patient in the hospital. I paid 75 AZN for a single ultrasound examination, and 450 AZN for general tests. After that, the doctor said that we should cut a piece of his liver, take it and examine it, and see if the disease turns into cirrhosis or not."
Fainting as hearing Iranian doctor’s proposal of “taking a piece from the liver”, Karim Karimov opened his eyes in the ward of the clinic: "My blood sugar was high due to nervousness and fear. I thought they had cut out half of my liver. They gave me IV and medicine. I stayed in the ward that day. And the next morning they said that I have to pay 600 dollars for the treatment. I said that 600 dollars for one night is too much, but nobody listened. I didn't get anywhere; I paid the money and left Iran with regret."
The funniest thing is that the Iranian taxi driver who took him to the Iranian doctors cheered Karim Karimov and gave advise: "The driver said that don't be afraid. Taking a piece of liver and giving it for examination means to take a sample from the liver with a needle. This examination costs no less, no more – 250 dollars. He said that this examination is prescribed only for Azerbaijani patients. I realized from the conversation of the Iranians that this was an ordinary money trap. Knowing this, the driver took me to that hospital and then said, "don't be afraid, this analysis is required by most of the people coming from Azerbaijan".
Other than that, it is possible to come across quite enough posts on social networks that reflect the fact that individual people have become victims of Iran's healthcare system.
A hospital in Iran held the dead body of an Azerbaijani child hostage
In addition, the release of the bodies of people who died due to wrong medical treatment, to their families is delayed for weeks, only after paying a large sum of money bodies are given to families in Iran.
The body of Dadashzade Gorgud Rovshan, who was taken to Iran for treatment years ago, was not given to his family for some time. The child died as a result of his lungs getting infected in "Kudakan" hospital in Tabriz. The doctors refused to give the child's body to the family citing the debt of 3200 manats. The boy's uncle Shahriyar Dadashov said that Iranian doctors said that his nephew died with a different diagnosis: "The child was cured in Iran.
The tumor in his liver and spleen was removed. Then they said that the child had an infection. The doctors themselves say that the child did not die with the diagnosis he had. In the hospital, the child's lungs got an infection. In addition, several children in the hospital died of the same disease within 2-3 days".
Shahriyar Dadashov stressed that the doctors did not tell them anything about the cost of the child's treatment in advance: "When the child was still alive, they said that they will tell the amount of the cost after finishing the treatment. After the child died, they said that we owe the hospital 15,500 manats. And since a charity community in Iran paid most of this amount, we owe 3200 manats. If we pay the debt, we can get the child's body."
After the family paid the debt, the child's body was handed over to the family.
In some cases, scammers scare the patient with fictitious diseases and fake tests, and prescribe expensive treatment courses for them, such cases are more common with children. A bankrupt citizen is kept as a hostage if he cannot pay the debt, and in some cases he is forced to cooperate with Iran's special services. Money is made on the tragedy, but also forced to cooperate with the secret authorities.
In Iran, some hospitals have become a nest for attracting spies
Today, the South Azerbaijan Telegram channel also released a recording about this. Allegations are made that doctors treating Azerbaijani patients in Iran are employees of special services. The audio recording says that a doctor in Tehran injected an Azerbaijani with a virus. After the injection, the person began to feel bad, the doctor told the person that his condition was very serious and that the person should be treated immediately. 50,000 dollars were requested for the treatment. Later, the unknown people who came to the hospital talked to the person and told that they would help him to pay this money, but in return, the person had to do what they said and give intelligence information. All these incidents are committed against our citizens in Iran under the name of "health tourism" and should be seriously investigated.
Doctor: I can not understand why someone would entrust their life to the healthcare of a country like Iran
Obstetrician-gynecologist Najiba Maharramova, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Ministry of Health, told APA that Azerbaijan's health care has developed at a level in line with European standards. Frankly, in this case, being dissatisfied with our own healthcare and turning to the healthcare of another country, I consider it ignorance. Especially at a time when so many progressive steps have been taken and medicine is developing in the country, I find it difficult to understand why someone entrusts their life to the healthcare of a country like Iran.
We have our own wonderful scientists, instrumental methods, diagnostic centers, and newly opened clinics. We have our own wonderful scientists, instrumental methods, diagnostic centers, newly opened clinics. Patients are diagnosed and treated at a high level. I can't imagine that someone from Azerbaijan would go to Iranian healthcare and benefit from them".
MFA: Avoid visiting Iran
From the facts listed above, it can be concluded that the health and safety of Azerbaijani citizens are not ensured in Iranian hospitals. On the contrary, our citizens who go to this country for various purposes, including treatment, face serious problems, in some cases they are targeted by special services, and efforts are being made to involve them in cooperation. When they do not agree, they are even arrested on false charges.
It is no coincidence that recently the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan has called to refrain from visiting Iran without necessity.