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Minister Urges Iran to Train Eritrean Physicians

Eritrean Health Minister Amina Nurhussein demanded Iran to send a number of physicians to her country to train their colleagues and help promote medical research in the African state.

“We request the Iranian physicians to come to our country and train the Eritrean physicians in surgical operations,” Nurhussein said in a meeting with Iranian Health Minister Marziyeh Vahid-Dastjerdi in Tehran on Saturday.

“I have witnessed Iran’s social and economic progress in person and feel proud that such a country is a friend of Eritrea’s,” she added.

Nurhussein urged Iran’s health ministry to hold specialized courses in Eritrea and increase cooperation with the African state in applied studies and researches.

Iran has taken wide strides in science and technology, particularly in medical and medicinal fields, in recent years.

In January, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in a ceremony in Tehran unveiled 6 new types of home-made medicines used for treating various kinds of diseases.

The Iranian president unveiled 2 new types of drugs and 4 types of raw materials for treating osteoporosis, hemophilia and neurological, skin and muscle diseases and breast cancer.

Iranian scientists had also in 2011 managed to produce a new type of anti-cancer drug using the venoms of reptiles like snakes and scorpions.

“After several years of research and studies on a combination of snake and scorpion venoms, the anti-cancer drug was produced in Iran,” Abbas Zare’, the Director of the Venomous Animals Department of Iran’s Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, told reporters in October 2011.

“This anti-cancer drug has been produced from snake and scorpion venoms after 10 years of research work and has been extracted from the fat (peptide) of such animals,” he added.

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