Lessons Learned to Control COVID-19 to Prevent a Crisis: The Case of Iran

Javad Nazari1, Saeed Amini2, *, Mohammadreza Amiresmaili3
1 Department of Pediatrics, Medical School, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
2 Department of Health Management, School of Health, Arak University of Medical Sciences, Arak, Iran
3 Department of Health Management, Economics and Policy Making, School of Management and Medical Informatics, Kerman University of Medical Sciences, Kerman, Iran

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Following the detection of the first case of infection due to COVID-19 in Iran central province (named Markazi) on 18 Feb 2020, a serious alert was announced at Arak University of Medical Sciences (the main medical university in Markazi province) to prevent a disaster. The performed measures played a unique role in improving patient care and prevention and control of the disease. Previously, it was expected that Markazi province, due to being situated on the junction of the national highways and placing in the center of Iran, was faced with huge health and social crisis. However, fortunately, the disease morbidity and mortality have been placed in a stabilized status after 7 weeks of the epidemic.