31 January 2013

Sudan: Nyala Hospital Faces Shortage of Doctors, Technicians

Khartoum — General Manager of Nyala Hospital Omer Yacoub complained about the lack of qualified personnel and necessary equipments in the South Darfur largest health centre.

He denied that the deteriorating work conditions are caused by mismanagement and demanded the state government to pay more attention to the needs of hospital .

Omer told reporters in Nyala on Wednesday that the working conditions in the hospital, despite its capacities and large number of patients admitted, remain so bad due to the acute shortage of health workers, specialists, equipments and laboratories.

He pointed out that the number of specialists and doctors at the hospital is less than those who work in a small health unit in Khartoum.

The director pointed out that Nyala Hospital needs to specialists and technicians in anaesthesia, orthopaedic surgery, Internal medicine, surgery neurosurgery, and obstetrics and gynaecology.

He revealed that the hospital's debts skyrocketed and reached more than 1 million Sudanese pounds, adding that specialists and doctors dues are six months in arrears on top of outstanding electricity, water and housing allowance bills.

Omer said the operating budget is not sufficient despite the transfer of 500.000 Sudanese pounds by the federal finance ministry to the state government to pay some hospital's debts 400.000, and the remaining 000.000 to pay a vehicle.

The director further explained Nyala Hospital continues to suffer from poor sanitation.

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