The Middle East Broadcasting Network is reporting on what many Iranians already know: the Iranian government has lied about the number of COVID-19 deaths in the country and has badly mishandled other health issues, notably diabetes.
In October, MBN’s Alhurra.com reported that an Iranian official acknowledged that the number of deaths due to the coronavirus in his country is greater than the official figures announced by authorities. Masoud Mardani, a member of the national team to combat coronavirus, as reported by Iran International, said that the actual number of deaths in Iran is more than twice what is reported.
Alhurra also shared a Radio Farda report that showed the Iranian people’s anger over the government’s handling of the insulin shortage crisis in the country, threatening the lives of thousands.
According to Haidar Mohammadi, the director-general of Medicine at the Food and Drug Administration, said only two pharmaceutical companies are assembling insulin pens in Iran. That is insufficient to meet all Iranian patients’ needs, Radio Farda said.
During the peak of the novel coronavirus outbreak, patients with diabetes are among the most vulnerable groups to the deadly virus.