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Sudan govt denounces assaults on medics

April 12 - 2020 KHARTOUM / ED DAEIN
Doctors of the Ed Daein Teaching Hospital on strike (RD)
Doctors of the Ed Daein Teaching Hospital on strike (RD)

The Sudanese government is about to enact a new law that will criminalise attacks on health personnel, and the smuggling and illegal hoarding of medicines. The Council of Ministers particularly denounced the assaults as “disgraceful and shameful”.

In a press conference on Friday, Minister of Health Akram El Tom told reporters that on Thursday, the Security and Defence Council and the High Committee for Health Emergencies held a meeting in the Presidential Palace to discuss the repeated assaults on the health cadres.

“Representatives of the Forces of the Freedom and Change also attended the meeting,” he said. The meeting discussed the recent assault on the health cadres in Ed Daein, capital of East Darfur.

In a press statement, the Council of Ministers denounced the assaults on doctors and health personnel in the country. The statement described the attacks on doctors as disgraceful and shameful. “Over a week, doctors and health cadres have been assaulted in five hospitals in the country,” the statement added.

The ministers opened their meeting with a moment of silence as a gesture of respect to the doctors and health workers who have been assaulted while tirelessly working under these exceptional circumstances. They expressed their appreciation and respect for the sacrifices of the health workers in the country.

“Their safety and security will not be compromised, decisive measures will be taken, including strict legal measures to ensure their safety and provide the best possible suitable work environment to carry out their work,” the statement concluded.

On April 10, Radio Dabanga reported that an RSF militiaman molested a surgeon in the Ed Daein Teaching Hospital. In response, the doctors of the hospital embarked on a strike.

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