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Sudanese doctors hold vigils for ‘arbitrarily dismissed’ colleagues

May 19 - 2016 KHARTOUM
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Vigils were held by medical doctors in n front of the Federal Ministry of Health in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, as well as at Hasahissa and Sinnar hospitals on Wednesday, in solidarity with 56 doctors who have been arbitrarily dismissed from Kosti hospital in White Nile state.

The dismissals come against the backdrop of a recent strike, which was carried out by hospital doctors against the deterioration of the working environment and attacks on doctors.

In an interview with Radio Dabanga broadcast today, Doctor Mamoun Hassan Karrar, the Chairman of Sudan Doctors Committee said that Kosti Hospital administration has “arbitrarily dismissed doctors belonging to the Federal Ministry of Health. The hospital discontinued the doctors’ contracts because of their adherence to their demands regarding the improvement of the work environment.”

He explained that the doctors’ vigils were to show solidarity with the doctors, who demand their reinstatement.

He added that the doctors work in difficult environmental conditions, lacking medical equipment, life-saving drugs, beds, oxygen, and stretchers.

Farrar explained that the doctors have filed several requests to the federal ministry of health demanding the improvement of the doctors’ contracts, as well as provision of training, however, as they didn’t get any response, it forced them to carry out the vigils.

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