“Struggling Doctors in Sudan: Providing Healthcare Amidst War and Hospital Bombings”

2023-05-02 18:06:19


Doctors in Sudan are struggling to provide their services in extremely dangerous conditions, at a time when 69% of hospitals have been out of work as a result of being bombed.

During the war, doctors lost 14 doctors and medical students, after bullet wounds they sustained either in workplaces, homes, or the street, while the danger of death still looms over them as they perform their humanitarian duty, according to the Preliminary Committee of the Doctors Syndicate.

Dr. Rania Al-Saegh, a member of the Sudan Physicians for Human Rights, recounts the bitter experiences that doctors lived through and are still experiencing inside hospitals in Khartoum, under war conditions.

Al-Sayegh told “Erm News”, that “doctors are currently working in very harsh conditions, and they are few, after most of them left Khartoum, to the states or outside Sudan, to escape the hell of war, while others remain trapped inside their homes, from which they cannot get out.”

She added that “doctors working in hospitals and centers are now very few, and that there are doctors who have not left their positions since the outbreak of the war on April 15, as they have been working day and night, sleeping in the hospital and being exposed to severe psychological pressure, with a shortage of medicines and staff.”

Al-Sayegh recounted the incident of two female doctors who remained under shelling and bullets inside the intensive care unit at the Police Hospital in Khartoum for a period of 7 days, along with 5 patients who needed care and saving their lives. Psychiatrists for Doctors.

The Preliminary Committee of the Sudan Doctors Syndicate stated, in a report on Tuesday, that 69% of the hospitals adjacent to the areas of clashes are out of service.

According to the report, there are about 88 basic hospitals in the capital, Khartoum, and the states, of which (61) hospitals are out of service, while the other (27) hospitals are fully or partially functioning. Water and electricity.

The report confirmed that (16) hospitals were bombed, and (19) others were subjected to forced eviction, and (6) ambulances were attacked by the military forces, and others were not allowed to pass to transport patients and deliver medical aid, and that all hospitals, health facilities and pharmacies, In the city of El-Geneina, West Darfur, out of service after being attacked and looted, in addition to the attack and looting of the central drug store, doctors’ residence and Red Crescent offices.

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