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Striking North Darfur doctors demand safety

August 28 - 2015 EL FASHER
A medical staff member controls the access of the Emergency Room in El Fasher Hospital (Unamid)
A medical staff member controls the access of the Emergency Room in El Fasher Hospital (Unamid)

The strike of doctors in El Fasher's Teaching Hospital entered its fourth day on Thursday, because of the unpunished assault on a doctor on duty by a member of a paramilitary force. The doctors will only respond to emergency cases.

One of the striking doctors speaking to Radio Dabanga reported that a committee of doctors has issued a statement that contains a number of demands, related to the security and safety of the doctors and the working environment in the hospital in the North Darfur capital. The committee has sat down with security authorities of North Darfur state to solve the safety issue and put an end to the abuses against doctors.

Their demands, the doctor said, include the arrest of the Central Reserve Police member who beat a female doctor when she refused to give his wife a priority treatment. He has to be brought to justice, the committee stated.

They further demand the formation of a security committee to ensure the safety of the doctors and re-arrange the hospital’s organisation. The treatment of regular forces should occur in the military hospitals.

“The situation in the Teaching Hospital has been affected by our partial strike,” the doctor revealed. They will only respond to emergency cases and plan to continue their action until their demands are met.

For most Sudanese, treatment in the academic hospitals is more affordable than in the private hospitals. The teaching hospitals are state-run. People often drive for hours to bring a seriously injured or ill person to the teaching hospital in the city, because the clinics outside the urban areas are understaffed and poorly equipped. Most Sudanese doctors will leave the country to find a job abroad.

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