SHAFAQNA -Â Secretary General of World Assembly of Islamic Awakening Ali Akbar Velayati has praised the role Muslim scientists have played in the development of science, and rapped the West over attempts to downplay Muslimsâ€™ contributions to science. Velayati made the remark addressing Muslim Doctors Conference inaugurated on Thursday in northeastern Iranian holy city of Mashhad, with over 400 Muslim physicians and academics from all around the world in attendance, according to Tasnim news agency.
He said Westerners have always spread negative propaganda about Muslimsâ€™ role, claiming that different sciences have originated in Europe and the West. They claim that Muslims have just translated the materials developed by the Western civilizations of Greece and ancient Rome, which runs counter to historical facts, he added.
â€œMuslimsâ€™ role in the development and advancement of sciences, medicine in particular, is definitely outstanding,â€ the senior aide to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution emphasized, adding that Muslim scientists are making huge contributions to modern science even today.Â
Iranian Health MinisterÂ Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi who was speaking on the second day of the same conference also said that Iran has gained the worldâ€™s 17th rank in science productions despite sanctions imposed on the country for more than 30 years, IRNA reported.Â
The promotion has been achieved despite the fact that many journals were prohibited to publish Iraniansâ€™ scientific achievements and articles, he added.Â
â€œHealth has turned into a priority for the government and we can proudly say today that all Iranians have medical insurance coverage which is free of charge for majority of them,â€ the health minister said.Â
Sponsored by the Institute for Compilation and Publication of Supreme Leaderâ€™s works, World Assembly of Islamic Awakening, and the Ahl ul-Bayt World Assembly, the Muslim Doctors Conference is held in three cities of Mashhad, Tehran, and Shiraz mainly in cooperation with the citiesâ€™ universities of medical sciences.