Another doctor detained in Sudan capital
Agents of Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) held another striking doctor in Khartoum last week.
In a press statement on Friday, the Sudanese Doctors’ Central Committee (SDCC) reported the detention of Dr Sarah Feisal the day before. She was detained after having been summoned to appear at one of the security offices in the capital for four consecutive days.
Medics in 75 state hospitals and clinics across the country are striking three ways a week. They demand protection while working, a pay rise, and better working conditions.
According to the SDCC, 12 doctors are now held incommunicado in NISS offices in Khartoum. 13 doctors are summoned to appear in the morning at a security office on a daily basis. After questioning, they are allowed to leave the office again in the evening.
The Doctors’ Committee confirmed that the strike is “going as scheduled”. Three days a week the striking doctors only perform life-saving and emergency services.
The statement also mentions “a significant positive response” from patients and their relatives to the doctors’ slogan ‘For the Sake of the Citizen’, in addition to “large support from legal organisations in Sudan and abroad”.
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