French Medical Lab for Zahedan

French  Medical Lab for Zahedan French  Medical Lab for Zahedan

Agreements to establish two medical laboratories in Zahedan and Karaj were signed between the Pasteur Institute of Iran (IPI) and a French charity, during Health Minister Hassan Hashemi’s visit to Paris last week.

“As per the first MoU, the French foundation is committed to establishing a well-equipped laboratory in Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchestan Province. The project will start in January 2016,” said Mostafa Ghanei, head of IPI.

The diagnostic lab will be set up for detecting infectious diseases and the French charity will bear all the costs of its construction and equipment, ISNA reported. The news agency did not provide the name of the French charity.    

It will also provide health services to Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Zahedan is 41 km south of the borders with the two neighboring countries.

Ghanei said the other agreement commits the French foundation to establish another medical lab for diagnosis of infectious diseases at the Pasteur Institute in Karaj, Alborz Province.

Funding for the second lab will be provided by Iran’s Health Ministry and the French foundation will play an advisory role in its construction and equipment, Ghanei added.  

Last week Hashemi and his delegation, comprising officials from the Health Ministry, and heads of Iran Blood Transfusion Organization (IBTO) and the IPI, were on a two-day official visit to Paris to sign the MoUs.

Hashemi and his French counterpart Marisol Touraine explored avenues for promoting health cooperation between the two sides.

“IPI is 100 years old and we have cooperation with the French Pasteur Institute (FPI) which can be further enhanced,” he said.

Touraine also offered her condolences to Iran over the tragic stampede in Mina on September 24 during the Hajj rituals, in which 479 Iranian pilgrims lost their lives.

The Iranian delegation visited the FPI and the Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital, a teaching hospital.

IPI was founded in the 1920s for advanced research and to provide innovative programs in basic and applied medical sciences, besides production of biopharmaceuticals and diagnostic kits with special emphasis on infectious diseases.

Several scientific groups are active in research at the IPI in bacteriology, virology, genetics and metabolism and new technology, parasitological and mycology and clinical research epidemiology and biostatistics.