Primary Health Services at Home

Primary Health Services at HomePrimary Health Services at Home

Health plans for the current year (started March 21) aim at upgrading medical health systems in cities and providing primary health care for suburbs and towns with less than 50,000 inhabitants, as well as renovation of health houses older than 25 years.

In the cities, medical healthcare seeks to establish one health station per 12,500 citizens, and a health center for every 3-4 health stations. “In each station, for every 3,000 city inhabitants, one healthcare professional will be available to provide door to door services in nutrition, psychological health, and chronic diseases,” said Dr. Nasser Kalantari, deputy at the ministry of health and medical education, quoted by Alef newspaper.

Kalantari said 65 million people will receive consultation, vaccination, pregnancy and age-related special care, and further medical services for chronic diseases through the city’s medical healthcare system.

Specialists such as nutritionists, psychologists, and medical doctors will be present in the health centers, offering consultation in their respective areas, as well as for other health risks like diabetes, and blood pressure. “Health stations will refer patients to health centers, where further medical follow ups will be undertaken.”

Last year, the plan was implemented in cities below 50,000 inhabitants, covering approximately 15 million. “In the current year we will cover cities populated up to half a million, that is a total of 18 million people,” he maintained.

One thousand health houses were established in rural areas last year, and the 950 remaining will be set up in the first quarter of the year. Additionally, the health ministry will fund the renovation of decrepit health houses which are older than 25 years.