Escalating Crises in Sudan – Adewale Sobowale

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The crisis in Sudan is rather escalating. It’s so serious that there have been 15 reports of attacks on healthcare workers and health facilities since last November, the World Health Organisation has announced.

According to the agency’s Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, the organisation is closely monitoring 11 incidents which are said to have been confirmed in Khartoum, the capital city and some other cities.

The Director said most of the attacks were committed against “healthcare workers in the form of physical assault, obstruction, violent searches and related psychological threats and intimidation”.

At least two of the confirmed cases were said to have involved raids and incursions by military personnel on facilities, he also said. There were also arrests of patients and workers, injuries, detentions and forced searches. 

The attacks were targeted on healthcare workers, patients and facilities. They are a gross violation of international humanitarian laws.

In spite of the attacks, there were widespread and continued protests across Sudan. People are protesting a military takeover which ended a transitional power-sharing arrangement.

In some cases, ambulances, personnel and patients were intercepted during their attempts to flee into safety. 

WHO is so much concerned about how these actions severely restrict access to healthcare. The healthcare situation is worsened with the COVID-19 pandemic and other public health threats. 

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