Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Iranian Health ministry warns against possible consequences of war

Deputy Health Minister said that the possible influx of Iraqis into neighboring countries as a result of a war or other unexpected events seems very likely.
"Taking into account the fact that only a limited number of Iraqis have been vaccinated, we fear the great danger of a spread of contagious diseases that we have not vaccinated our people against. He disclosed that a refugee center would soon be established in the interior ministry in anticipation of the flood of Iraqi refugees in an increasingly imminent war.He said Iran predicts at least 300,000 to 900,000 Iraqi refugees would probably seek refuge in Iran in the event of war, adding that the health ministry has taken contingency measures such as training health personnel who would be able to respond adequately in case of need.
(posted by Iman)

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