0153 GMT July 21, 2018
Qazizadeh Hashemi arrived in Baku on Thursday morning at the head of public and private sector officials' delegation for a two-day visit, IRNA reported.
He met with Ministers of Health, Economic Development, Labor and Social Protection on Thursday.
The Iranian minister and accompanying delegation are to visit a hospital in Baku and an industrial zone of Pirallahi, where a joint venture pharmaceutics factory is to be built.
Hashemi is to depart Baku for Tehran on Friday afternoon.
Tehran, Baku to expand medical cooperation
Qazizadeh Hashemi said that Iran and Azerbaijan are resolved to expand cooperation in the fields of pharmaceuticals and treatment.
Arriving at Baku airport Thursday morning atop a high-ranking delegation from Ministry of Health and private sector, Qazizadeh Hashemi said the visit aims at expanding medical cooperation during meetings scheduled with a number of Azeri ministers, Mehr News Agency wrote.
He added that meetings between the private companies of the two sides have also been scheduled, aimed at identifying and boosting areas of medical cooperation.
“Iran is both ready to provide medical services to Azerbaijani patients in their own country, and to find ways to reach joint practical measures to organize the trips of Azeri patients to Iran for receiving treatment,” Qazizadeh Hashemi said, voicing hope that those objectives will be realized during his trip.
According to official statistics, the first choice for middle class Azerbaijani people to receive treatment for serious diseases is Iranian hospitals and doctors. The high quality of medical services, the low treatment expenses, shorter distance, and the close cultural and linguistic ties between the two nations bring a lot of patients from this northern neighbor to major Iranian border cities such as Tabriz, Ardebil, or even the capital Tehran.