WHO ‘gravely concerned’ about impact of Sudan violence

Cape Town – The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday said it was gravely concerned about the impact of the recent violence in Sudan on people’s access to healthcare.

The intrusion of security forces into hospitals in the capital, Khartoum, resulted in emergency services being shut down, injuries to five medical staff and patients and threats to others, the WHO said.
Mobile health tent clinics, set up to treat injured protesters, have been set on fire, medical equipment looted and healthcare workers assaulted, according to the WHO statement.
Rapes of female health workers have also been reported, the organization said, calling the actions “a total and unacceptable violation of international human rights law.”
The intrusion of soldiers into health facilities comes after security forces opened fire on peaceful protesters during a mass sit-in in Khartoum on Monday, killing dozens of people and injuring hundreds of others.
The protesters demand the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) to hand over power to a civilian-led government.
The TMC has been in power since long-time ruler Omar al-Bashir was deposed and arrested in a peaceful military coup in April that followed months of anti-government protests.

Friday, June 7th 2019

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