A pregnant woman who is exposed to heat at a jewish hospital is likely to be hotter than a normal woman, according to the World Health Organisation.
The Israeli-owned hospital in Tehran, known as the Beit Hamad hospital, has a temperature of 122 degrees Celsius (328 degrees Fahrenheit) when it is not in use.
The woman in the ICU who was born on December 6, 2008, is currently undergoing treatment for severe dehydration and has been diagnosed with hyperthermia, the WHO said.
“The severity of the symptoms indicates that she is in a vulnerable state, which requires prompt and appropriate medical intervention,” the WHO’s World Health Assembly representative in Iran, Alireza Karman, said.
Iran has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the world and its healthcare system is in poor shape.
The country is home to more than 60,000 people who died in childbirth last year.
Iranian healthcare authorities have reported a sharp increase in the number of children born with hypothermia and other complications, such as neonatal death.
“There has been an alarming increase in hypothermic babies in the last few months,” said Dr Nasser Hamedani, head of the Department of Hygiene and Hygiene Technology at the university of Tehran.
“It is difficult to differentiate between a normal child who is born in a normal way and a child who has been exposed to extreme heat, such that they may be dehydrated, because they are very weak and unable to fight off hypothermias.”
The WHO has warned that hyperthermias in pregnancy can lead to increased risk of fetal death and severe maternal illness.
The health ministry said it would continue to work with the hospital to ensure that its procedures are safe and that it meets the highest standards of health care in Iran.
A spokesman for the hospital, who asked not to be named, told Al Jazeera that the hospital has taken all precautions to ensure the safety of the women and the health of their newborns.
“We are constantly checking the temperature, we have taken all measures to ensure they are being monitored,” the spokesman said.
But the spokesperson did not give further details.
Iran’s healthcare system has seen several high-profile cases of maternal heatstroke, most recently in late March when a young mother died in an ICU at the Beidha Institute of Medicine in the capital, Tehran.
The country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has repeatedly slammed the government for failing to properly protect women from heatstroke.
“Our healthcare system in Iran is the worst in the whole world,” Khamenei told an Iranian television show in April.
“Our healthcare facilities have no refrigerators, no ventilation, no air conditioning, no hot water, no heat, no electricity, no medicine.
It is the most barbaric, cruel and evil system in the Middle East.”
If we did something to protect our women, we would not have to use water cannons.
I am sure if I were you, I would be more than willing to use those kinds of weapons,” he added.
The Beidah Institute of Medical Sciences has also been criticised for failing in its duty to provide basic medical care to the hospital.
Iran is currently in the middle of a massive anti-government protest and has seen a number of deaths from suffocation and suffocation-related illnesses.