On Thursday alone there were at least three attacks on health workers and facilities in Khartoum [AFP]

Sudan’s transitional authorities are working to create a police force to protect health facilities, the prime minister’s office said on Saturday, as attacks against health workers and hospitals increase amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The move came after doctors across the country threatened on Thursday to go on strike to pressure authorities to provide protection for health workers and facilities.

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Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok met with representatives of doctors on Friday to find decisive and strict solutions” the phenomenon of repeated attacks on health workers”, his office said in a statement.

The government will introduce a draft bill to provide protection to health workers, the statement

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