Healthcare situation in Sudan is a “catastrophe”, according to WHO

As the conflict in Sudan enters its third week, the World Health Organization’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean has warned of the conflict’s consequences in health facilities in the country.

“According to the data, about 61% of the medical institutes in Khartoum were shut down due to direct military attacks, the army occupied these institutes and fired their staff. 23% of the hospitals in Khartoum are operating.

Partially active and 16% are operating at full capacity, said Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director of the World Health Organization’s Eastern Mediterranean Office, which is the health situation in Sudan, particularly especially in conflict zones.

The conflict has caused an exodus of skilled medical professionals from the country, exacerbating the situation. Estimates suggest that 24,000 women will give birth without maternal care in the coming weeks.

“Many active and educated people in the medical field are fleeing Sudan… Many NGOs and NGOs are withdrawing due to direct attack. Either way it’s a disaster,” concluded the regional director.

According to the United Nations, even before the conflict, 15.8 million people, or about a third of the population, needed assistance.

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