Sudanese medical workers in North Kordofan state have been striking for the last five days demanding payment of financial dues.

The strike in El-Obayed hospital includes all emergency and trauma facilities, while dialysis centres, gynaecology and obstetrics facilities are still partially functioning.

Dr Nazifa Awad Allah said this was a last resort for the doctors after more than 12 meetings over two months had failed to reach an agreement.

The doctors say they are striking due to lack of adequate transportation to and from hospitals, low numbers of medical staff, delayed financial payments over about 10 months, as well as terrible working conditions.

“We also called for providing a suitable work environment for doctors, given that hospitals and doctors’ lounge are in very bad conditions,” added another Sudanese doctor on strike.

Fighting continues between the army and the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) in Sudan’s capital Khartoum as well as the adjacent cities of Omdurman and Bahri despite international mediation efforts.

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