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Pharmacists strike in Sudanese capital tomorrow

November 18 - 2016 KHARTOUM
A pharmacy in Khartoum (Reuters)
A pharmacy in Khartoum (Reuters)

About 200 pharmacies in Khartoum will close their doors on Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm, in protest against the decision of the Central Bank of Sudan to free the exchange rate of the US Dollar for the import of medicines.

The Sudanese Committee of Pharmacists announced the protest action in a press conference today.

Nasri Morgos, chairman of the Private Pharmacies Association, told Radio Dabanga that “Many pharmacies spontaneously closed their doors after the Bank of Sudan’s decision.

“As most medicines are imported, the price of the medicines are linked to the availability of hard currency.”

The chairman of the Sudanese Pharmacists Union, Salaheldin Ibrahim, called the liberalisation of the prices of medicines “a catastrophic decision.

“The prices of medicines have doubled and some even tripled,” he said.

Pharmacist Mohamed Ahmed Mustafa stated that “The astronomical rise of the medicine prices will have a disastrous effect on the health and lives of the people”.

Relatives of patients in intensive care units in the Sudanese capital have expressed their concerns about the shortage of a number of life-saving medicines. They called on the federal Ministry of Health to intervene and provide the required life-saving medicines as soon as possible.


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