Local Politics

Sudan: Oil Field and Hospitals Closed as Strike Wave Continues

Kassala / El Fasher / Abyei — Medics in Kassala threatened to go on strike if the hospital director was not dismissed within 24 hours, whilst medics in North Darfur remained on strike for the fourth consecutive week. Workers and locals in West Kordofan closed the Canar oil field to demand better conditions.

On Sunday, the Workers Union branch of the Khashm El Girba Hospital in Kassala gave the state Ministry of Health 24 hours to dismiss the director of the hospital, threatening to go on strike within 48 hours if the dismissal does not happen.

It is still unclear whether the director was indeed dismissed.

In a statement on Sunday, the staff hold the director responsible for the deterioration of health and medical performance and patient care.

The medics highlighted the heightened tensions in the hospital due to the deterioration of care quality and expressed their fears of entering into disputes with and being assaulted by the relatives of patients if the conditions will not improve soon.

In El Fasher, capital of North Darfur, all hospitals and health centres remained closed as staff remained on strike for the fourth week in a row.

Member of the North Darfur Employees Protest Committee Abubakar Omar confirmed no solutions or promises were offered by the state government. Instead, the state government tried to demonise the committee, he said.

He explained that the committee will continue its strike until the government fulfils the overdue payment of all monthly dues according to the new 2022 salary structure, the two Eid grants, and the infection allowance for health cadres.

Sudan strikes

Earlier this month, Radio Dabanga reported on the large number of medical staff workers’ groups on strike in Sudan. Strikes have become increasingly common in recent months, especially around the 2022 salary structure.