Grave concerns over violence against health workers in Sudan


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Grave concerns have been voiced over the impact of recent violence in Sudan on health workers, medical facilities and on people in need. 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), incursions into hospitals in Khartoum have resulted in emergency services being shut down, the transfer of patients, injuries to five medical staff and patients and threats to others.

In a statement, the WHO said healthcare workers appear to have been targeted for fulfilling their professional duties in providing care to the injured in an attack. “Mobile health tent clinics, which were set up to treat injured protestors, have also been set on fire and destroyed; medical equipment looted; and healthcare workers assaulted. Rapes of female health workers have also been reported,” it said. 

The WHO said the actions represent a "total and unacceptable" violation of international human rights law. 

“Health workers must be allowed to treat the injured and sick, without concern for their own safety or that of their patients.

“We call for an immediate cessation of all activities that put the lives of health staff and patients at risk and disrupt the delivery of essential health services, it said. 

It said it would continue to monitor the situation.