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Sudanese Initiative Launched to Protect Medics

Sudanese Initiative Launched to Protect Medics

Thursday, 26 March, 2020 - 10:00
Khartoum- Siham Saleh

The Sudanese people are increasingly concerned with the spread of the new coronavirus, especially after a third person tested positive on Wednesday.

Many COVID-19 social awareness campaigns have been launched in the country.

Israa Adam Ahmed, the head of Builders Without Borders, a volunteer-based community service, pointed out that a greater burden falls on social workers to help in raising awareness to prevent matters from getting worse as the country already has a weak healthcare system.

Ahmed added that even developed states weren’t able to curb the pandemic.

Ahmed cautioned against non-compliance with the preventive guidelines, advice provided by health officials and decisions taken by local authorities.

She recommended social distancing, warning that public gatherings could lead to a catastrophic scenario in Sudan.

As for coronavirus social work done by Builders Without Borders, Ahmed said the group had carried out an awareness campaign in some of Sudan’s busiest markets.

During the campaign, volunteers distributed sterilizers to the public.

A number of doctors have launched the "Hanahmih" initiative, which aims to protect the medical staff working in hospitals from the risk of infection, and to provide protective masks and eyewear by collecting donations.

The head of the initiative, Dr.Manal Al-Duqair, said that the move started on social media and was successful in providing sterilizers and masks.

“Hospitals in Sudan need a (million) protective face masks. Deaths among Sudanese medics could match Italy and China if they are not protected,” Duqair said.

Young men and women in a number of Sudanese cities and villages have been active in sterilizing mosques, and providing sterilizers and disinfectants for pedestrians at transportation and road stations.

Sudanese pharmacist Fatima Mohamed Al-Hassan says that pharmacists are spending unremitting efforts to support the government.

In order to help with the scarcity of sterilizers, Hassan revealed that some pharmacists are producing sanitizers, locally distributing them to hospitals and the public.

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