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During the first few years when Mashhad School of Health was granted the permit to change into the School of Medicine, senior medical students would be trained on some prevalent and regional infectious diseases for one month.
During 1950s and 1960s, there were no infectious diseases wards, and students would be trained in a hospital called “Incidents and Poisoning with 200 Beds” (Akhond Khorasani Street). In the 1960s, the first infectious diseases hospital was founded in a hospital called “Number 2” (currently Dr. Sheikh Hospital, located on Ghareni Street).
In 1969, the infectious diseases ward was transferred to “Sevom-Esfand Hospital” located in Tehran Street (currently Imam Reza Street). During 1973-1974, a small section was established in Imam Reza Hospital (currently the skin ward) for infectious diseases.
In the 1970s, the infections ward was relocated to Montasserieh Hospital in Jannat Street. This independent hospital had more than 36 patient beds. During the 1990s, continuous efforts were made to establish a large “infections department” with adequate equipment in Imam Reza Hospital, which succeeded eventually. In 1995, the infections ward was transferred to the upper floor of the current internal diseases ward and started its activities.
The infections ward has benefitted from the experiences of numerous professors, including Dr. Mahmoud Panahi, Dr. Fereshteh Rokni, Dr. Seyed Gholamreza Mir Hosseini, Dr. Parviz Azmoon, Dr. Moghtader Mojdehi, Dr. Mohsen Ziaei, Dr. Abdolrahim Bazargani and Dr. Mofidi.
During his directorship, Dr. Panahi presented valuable services for the establishment of the infectious diseases ward in Imam Reza Hospital, which was standardly founded. This ward was supposed to consist of sections for women’s, men’s and children’s admission. The ground floor was the administrative section and the basement belonged to paraclinical services, which was completely separate from the other admitted patients. However, this could not achieved and only one floor of the building was allocated to the infections ward. Currently, the infections ward has 24 patient beds, one laboratory room, an ICU with four patient beds and two ICU rooms with respiratory isolation.
Perspective of the Department
The Department of Infectious Diseases has various perspectives, including the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of infectious patients by qualified personnel and faculty members in order to promote community health through meeting the health, treatment and welfare needs of patients and their companions and education of students using proper facilities and technologies within ethical frameworks.
Overall Goals of the Ward
v Offering comprehensive treatment services in proportion to the needs of psychiatric patients
v Presenting effective treatment services to the patients
v Education and training of medical workforce to ensure the persistence of care services for future patients
v Conducting research projects in order to enhance the knowledge for the treatment of psychiatric patients