Dealing with natural disasters
It is a well-known fact that the hospitals in Iran have been substantially affected by natural disasters especially during this last decade. In order to more effectively address the situation the health systems management in Iran has taken some measures to better assess this as the safety especially as it relates to hospitals. This has resulted in better management methods which enable’s those hospitals to handle crisis situation significantly better. Many elements relating to disaster control had been evaluated and some of the things which have been looked at especially was those things which lead to the most severe problems and how they can be better managed. Those things have also been rated according to the level of potential damage which they could cause and basically each of these things were categorized as either very safe or of only average safety or in some cases not safe at all. This has allowed government officials to put the whole issue relating to disaster and crisis control into perspective and to gain a better understanding of the ability of the government systems to deal with those crises. This study has revealed that hospitals in Iran were not very efficient in dealing with natural disasters.
This led to the implementation of new guidelines
After all of the intensive research and analysis which had been conducted several recommendations were made such as more effective implementation and supervision of safety standards and more especially when new hospitals are being constructed. Also there was decided to form a national committee to oversee the safety of hospitals during disasters. There were also some decisions made regarding ways in which to ensure that hospitals are better prepared and there was especially looked at the structural soundness of these hospitals and where necessary changes were made where they were deemed to be cost effective and viable. These statistics which were accumulated relating to hospitals and the way in which they deal with disasters are expected to play a substantial role in the building of new hospitals.
Almost no financial support
Ironically despite the gravity of the situation none of the people that were involved in the assessment of hospitals nor any of the people that have been used to study the collected data have received any financial support from the government. The only support that has been provided came from their disaster and emergency management center which is a division of the Ministry of health and medical education and their contribution was to provide the supervision on data collection and entry. The reality is that Iran is a large country that is home to over 75 million people. It is especially vulnerable to a variety of man-made as well as natural disasters which have already caused a substantial amount of damage to many infrastructures and it also caused a lot of deaths among the population. In fact many international organizations are rating the possibility of a national disaster striking Iran as high as eight out of 10. According to well-known statistics the frequency of natural disasters in Iran has led to the loss of over 100,000 lives.
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