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New COVID-19 cases noted in five Sudan states

April 21 - 2021 KHARTOUM

The Federal Ministry of Health announced the registration of six deaths, 74 new cases and 142 recoveries from COVID-19 in Monday’s epidemiological report. The number of cases has spread in five states including Khartoum, El Gezira, Sennar, Red Sea state and North Darfur. The cumulative number of deaths increased to 2,287 and the total number of infections to 32,546, with Sennar registering 19 new cases and four recoveries during the past 72 hours.

Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Jibril Ibrahim, signed yesterday a grant agreement presented by the Arab Bank for Economic Development worth SDG 10 million to support health services. This was also signed by Doctor Fahad El Dousary, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Arab Bank for Economic Development.

The Committee for Medical Laboratories announced a general strike starting today in response to the government’s failure to meet their demands. Laboratory specialists are calling for a special department in the Ministry of Health, the further opening of door for employment and an increase in financial dues, in addition to other professional demands.

WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) official responsible for vaccination in the Sudan office, Dr Hanan Abdo has, announced that nine Sudanese states have received doses the COVID-19 vaccination.

The WHO official speaking, Today evening, at SUNA Forum, that the states of Khartoum, Gezira, Shumaliya, Nahr El-Neil, West Kordofan, South Darfur, North Darfur, North Kordofan and the Red Sea have received their vaccination quotas.

She underlined that the vaccination campaign targets Those between the ages of 45 to 59 years of people with chronic diseases such as diabetes, kidney diseases, cancer and respiratory diseases, as well as people who suffer from immunodeficiency, in addition to people who use immunosuppressive water, seniors over the age of 60, in addition to health personnel.

Mortuaries

The sit-in protest in Khartoum has continued for the third day in a row against 190 bodies that have been neglected in the hospital mortuary. Some of the bodies are likely to be of people that are still classified as ‘missing’ since the June 3 Massacre, also called the Ramadan 29 Massacre. The Public Prosecution said that there is a major defect in the mortuary management and that the capacity of any of the four mortuaries located in the capital does need exceed 100 bodies. They said that with the increase in the number of bodies the mortuary’s capacity has exceeded 400 per cent.

The Ministry of Health recommended that all the bodies of the missing and unidentified be buried during the end of the month of Ramadan after [DNA] samples have been taken. They stressed the need to increase the storage capacity of the mortuaries by increasing the number of refrigerators and further coordinating with other government agencies and donors. They also concluded that the mortuaries must be secured by the Ministry of Interior Affairs and that the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Endowments must prepare cemeteries for burying the bodies and identify places for burial.


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