Tehran, Nov 21, IRNA-Unemployed Iranian physicians will be sent for employment to South Africa and Central Asian countries in accordance with agreements signed between the two sides, an official in the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
The head of the ministry's job-creation department, Ghazanfar Mirza-Beigi, told IRNA Iranian physicians who are not gainfully employed will be dispatched to foreign countries that need them taking into account their preferences and priorities.
He said that 130 Iranian doctors had already been sent to Lebanon, Indonesia, South Africa and Qatar and that these countries were still open to recruitment of more physicians.
All those who have been sent abroad have expressed satisfaction with their salaries and living condition, Mirza-Beigi said.
Saying another 5,000 Iranian physicians were preparing to leave for Australia, the official said that the dispatch of Iranian unemployed doctors, general practitioners in particular, abroad was not contributing to the brain drain as it did not extend to Iranians in skilled or specialized fields.
These doctors are sent to countries which are in dire need of their skills, said the official, adding that most of these unemployed Iranians physicians sent abroad were general practitioners.
Mirza-Beigi said no official figure was currently available on the number of unemployed Iranian doctors unemployment, but gave the approximate figure of from 5,000 to 6,000.
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