The Health Minister says medical students are allowed to do their military service in the healthcare sector.
Arman-e Emrooz on September 28 reported that the Health Ministry plans to allow draft-age men with a degree in paramedical programs to serve as emergency technicians in less privileged areas as part of their military service.
Health Minister, Seyyed Hassan Ghazizadeh Hashemi, has expressed gratitude to Major General Hassan Firouzabadi, the Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, for authorizing some 2,000 medics and paramedical students to complete their service in areas the ministry needs emergency technicians.
He said in order to get drafted medics and paramedics can enroll in universities of medical sciences across the country, adding the draftees would serve in deprived areas. Those enrolled would also be given incentives other than the monthly wage they get for doing their military service.
In separate remarks, the health minister said that to learn theories alone is nowhere near enough when it comes to education and that students and university circles should pay assiduous attention to pick up the basic specialist skills as they master theoretical sciences.
“Without doubt, nations and governments would relish the prosperity they have achieved courtesy of science and research. Today the most powerful countries are those who have invested in their human resources in addition to the undivided attention they dedicate to science and research,” he said.
Countries fail to make their voice heard all over the world and stand on their own two feet if they lack erudite people, the minister said, hoping policymakers and government officials as well as the youth who are the country’s future builders acknowledge the importance of such an important issue.