Sudan: Violence Forces Hospitals To Shut Down

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Khartoum’s hospitals have been thrown into chaos by the explosion of violence. There are some 20 hospitals in the capital and the neighboring city of Omdurman. 16 hospitals (including nine in Khartoum) are reportedly non-functional due to attacks. At least 270 people have been killed and more than 2,600 injured in the unrest. 174 civilians had been killed and hundreds more wounded.

KHARTOUM APRIL 19: Fighting has erupted in Khartoum and other cities in Sudan as powerful rival military factions battle for control, increasing the risk of a nationwide civil war.

Khartoum’s hospitals have been thrown into chaos by the explosion of violence “We are running out of everything,” Dr. Amin Saad told The Associated Press. “We are working with the least possible capabilities. … We’re all exhausted, but there is a shortage of physicians.”

There are some 20 hospitals in the capital and the neighboring city of Omdurman. Those that still managed to operate were understaffed and overwhelmed, running low on supplies and struggling with power or water cuts, doctors said.

The WHO Regional Director issued an official statement regarding the attacks on the health care system:

– “WHO strongly condemns reported attacks on health personnel, health facilities, and ambulances in Sudan. These attacks, which appear to be increasing in number, have already led to at least three people killed and two injured. Moreover, they limit access to live saving health care, putting more lives at risk”.

– “Reports of military strikes against health facilities, hijacking of ambulances while patients and paramedics are on board, looting of health facilities, and military forces occupying health facilities are deeply concerning”.

– “16 hospitals (including nine in Khartoum) are reportedly non-functional due to attacks and 16 hospitals in Khartoum and other states, including Darfur States, are close to being non-functional due to staff fatigue and lack of supplies”.

– “Hospitals in Khartoum receiving injured people are reporting shortages of blood, transfusion equipment, intravenous fluids, medical supplies, and other life-saving commodities. Shortages of water, electricity, fuel, and food for patients are also being reported”.

At least 270 people have been killed and more than 2,600 injured in the unrest, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Central Sudan Medical Committee said Tuesday that at least 174 civilians had been killed and hundreds more wounded, but the real toll is likely to be higher as bodies still lay on the streets in major cities.

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