Public hospital doctors on strike in Sudan

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Sudan public health is at a standstill following a strike by medical doctors in the 65 state hospitals in the country with only the emergency sections still being manned reports Radio Dabanga.

Doctors renewed their strike on Thursday after months of protesting repeated attacks from patients’ relatives and armed robberies. The doctors are also demanding for better salaries and working conditions.

“Our strike is for the good of patients,” and “We want to feel secure while working,” were among the slogans on banners carried by doctors in the capital.

In recent weeks, Sudanese media have reported several attacks on doctors by relatives of patients as well as policemen angry about alleged delays in the treatment of fellow officers according to the New Vision.

The doctors’ committee stressed that the strike will only be lifted once they receive basic equipment at the hospitals and guaranteed protection.

Sudan’s Health Minister, Sumaya Idris said the doctors’ strike has not affected the work flow in the hospitals in Khartoum, also the doctors’ demand are related to insurance since they are well protected .

The Health Ministry mobilized medical professionals with the police, military institutions and regular forces to fill in the gaps in the state’s hospital immediately the doctors began their protest on Thursday.

The failings of Sudan’s public health system have led to a boom in the private sector, which now counts more than 1,400 hospitals nationwide