Iran opens Middle East's largest hospital:
This article was originally published in Clinica
Iran unveiled a new 1,000 bed hospital in Tehran last week. The Milad Hospital, which covers an area of 70,000 square metres in the north western district of the capital, claims to be the largest and best equipped hospital in the Middle East. Built at a cost of Rials 300 billion ($171 million), it is divided into 32 sections and houses 24 operating theatres. Initially, only 500 beds will be used, with the rest becoming operational from March 21 2002. Mohammad Yazdi, managing director of one of the companies which invested in the construction of the Milad hospital, told the Iranian news company, IRNA, that his organisation plans to construct a further six hospitals and 37 clinics in various parts of the country.