Iran’s Private Sector to Open Hospital for Medical Tourists

Iran’s Private Sector to Open Hospital for Medical Tourists

The largest private hospital in western Iran is set to open by March 2018 with the aim of offering health services to Iranian and foreign medical tourists.

The construction of Milad Hospital as the largest private hospital in western Iran is now in the final phases, according to a Farsi report by the Khabar Online News Agency.

Milad hospital, which is under construction in the city of Oroumiyeh in West Azarbaijan province, is set to be equipped with the most advanced medical technology.

Nearly $260m has been invested so far to finish the first phase of the main building of the hospital, which has been built up on a 26,000 sqm area. Including the compound of the hospital, it occupies a 45,000 sqm land in Oroumiyeh.

It has various wards including maternity, surgery, physiotherapy as well as laboratory, administrative section and specialized clinics.

The CEO and a member of the Board of Directors of the hospital, Kamran Jamshidi, said the construction project is underway with private investments of the country’s medical society.

“The idea of the project began to emerge in 2010 but it kicked off officially one year later following the purchase of a large land in Oroumiyeh.”

He went on saying that the construction process enjoys the full support of the Health Ministry, West Azarbaijan Governor’s office, and the municipality of Oroumiyeh.

Jamshidi also noted that the construction process gained momentum particularly last year and added the first phase of the project which includes 100 beds is already accomplished and will become operational in the near future.

The construction of the hospital with a capacity of 300 patients will be finished by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2018), he added.

On the main goal of the Medical Association to build up the hospital, Jamshidi said since West Azarbaijan is suffering from massive lack of medical equipment, the association has decided to take a step in this regard and remove at least a main part of the medical shortage in the province.

“Given its closeness to some regional countries like Iraq and Turkey, the West Azarbaijan Province can offer services to foreign tourists and Milad hospital can offer services to patients from other countries,” he noted.

Jamshidi stressed that offering luxurious services to attract tourists is one of the main factors motivating the investors of Milad hospital.

He said the main shareholders of the project are members of Medical Association.

“About 200 people are taking part in the project and we hope all other members of the Association step into the fray and joint the project,” he added.

Elsewhere in his statements, Jamshidi said 90 percent of the operations to build up the hospital have been carried out by the local conductors and added about $270m has been invested so far to make operational the first phase of the project.

Finishing the whole project will cost about $540m, he went on to say.

Another member of the Board of Directors of Milad Hospital, Hassan Entezami, said the hospital is the first smart hospital in Iran which is equipped with optical fibre. “It is also capable to have online connection with other smart hospitals across the world,” he added.

“The board of directors has decided to employ skillful doctors and send them to countries like Switzerland, Germany, and Sweden to pass specialized training courses,” he said.

He went on saying that the board has decided to set up a number of hotel-apartments near the buildings to accommodate the patients and offer more services to them.

“So far, the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan has expressed its interest in dispatching its patients to Milad hospital for treatment,” he noted.

“Milad hospital is aimed at offering medical services to foreigners with the aim of attracting more tourists to the region,” he said.

The hospital also creates jobs for at least one thousand people, he concluded.

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