Tehran (IP) - Every year, on August 23, the birth anniversary of Abu Ali Sina, known in the West as Avicenna, is commemorated across Iran as National Doctors’ Day.

Iran PressIran News: Every year, Iran marks August 23 as National Doctors’ Day to commemorate Avicenna, but during the pandemic, it also has another meaning; it is a day to remember all the sacrifices the medical staff has made in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

Born 980 CE in a village near Bukhara, then capital of the Iranian Samanid Empire, Avicenna was a great Iranian philosopher, physician and scientist who had some 450 books on a wide range of issues, among them medicine and philosophy. 

He was a polymath regarded both in the West and East as one of the most significant philosophers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age.

The health sector in Iran has made great strides since the victory of the Islamic Revolution. According to the World Bank, the physician-to-population ratio improved six-fold in the post-Revolution period.

Although the vital role of doctors in our lives is obvious, the pandemic once more has shown us how enormous the contribution of doctors and medical staff is under tough circumstances and how hard saving a nation is.

Amid the COVID pandemic, physicians and doctors have been recognized for their dedication and efforts. They have been working round the clock to control the pandemic.

The medical staff in Iran have made all sacrifices to treat the coronavirus patients and stood still such that many of them even lost their lives.

Since the start of the pandemic, over 300 healthcare workers in the country have lost their lives due to the coronavirus infection.


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