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Police officer assaults physician in Sudan’s Northern State

July 2 - 2015 WADI HALFA
A midwife checks a pregnant woman in Juba, capital of South Sudan (msf.ca)
A midwife checks a pregnant woman in Juba, capital of South Sudan (msf.ca)

A woman doctor at Wadi Halfa Hospital in the Northern State was hit by a police officer, in a conflict over complications that occurred after the officer’s wife had been operated.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga, another medical doctor explained that the police officer accused the physician of being responsible for the complications of an operation done on his wife while she was giving birth on Sunday evening.

“He shouted at her and slapped her on her face, which led to tensions among the medical staff who then stopped their work,” he said. “The officer transferred his wife by ambulance to Dongola hospital located 400 kilometres from Wadi Halfa, late that night.”

The source added that the physician filed a complaint at the Wadi Halfa police department.

Abuse of physicians by relatives of patients seems to be on the rise. During the past couple of months, Radio Dabanga received reports of a number of assaults against medical staff at various hospitals in the country. 


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