Last week the AP put out this short update, confirming my two previous posts (here and here) on the medical situation in Iran. The trend in international media has been to toe the line of the Iranian regime; sanctions are to blame. However, just as we argued, the voices from within the regime, have been telling a very different story.
The AP noted that:
“Iranian state TV is reporting the country’s president has dismissed the health minister after her ministry put out a statement criticizing authorities for not providing money to import medicine.
The Thursday report says Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has replaced Marzieh Vahid Dastjerdi, the sole female member of the Cabinet, by a temporary caretaker.
Last week her ministry in a statement said the Central Bank had not allocated a budget to import medicine, but provided hard currency for importing pet food, horse saddles and dog collars.
Parliamentarians have also accused Ahmadinejad of underfunding medicine.”
For Farsi readers, this BBC piece reflects the fact that while much of the international media attributes the crisis to the sanctions… In Iran, the blame is being firmly cast upon the regime’s leaders.
And another thanks to my Farsi speaking friends for this post, which explains how a member of the research committee of Iran’s Majlis encouraged the President to fire the Health Minister because of her interviews to the international media.
Apparently the truth hurts.