The World Medical Association (WMA) has condemned the use of violence, and in particular lethal force, against protesters and physicians during recent demonstrations in Sudan.
A series of protests have taken place in the country in recent weeks at the collapse of the public sector. Physicians have also been on strike several times regarding their inability to provide adequate care to patients.
The WMA is now urging authorities to take immediate charge of the security forces to ensure they stop using violence against protesters and bring an end to attacks against medical facilities and personnel and people seeking hospital treatment.
In a letter to the President of Sudan, WMA’s President Dr Leonid Eidelman said: “We deplore the fact that healthcare providers and facilities constitute the target of attacks from the security force." He called on the authorities to open a dialogue with doctors about their claims and address the root causes of the economic crisis that has driven people to the streets.