Sudan health system overwhelmed as fighting rages on

The humanitarian situation is becoming increasingly dire in Sudan with healthcare facilities paralysed after dozens of hospitals were knocked out by the five days of intense fighting.

Nearly 50 health facilities have been forced to close in the capital Khartoum and surrounding areas since the fighting broke out between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) on Saturday, Al Jazeera correspondent Hiba Morgan reported on Thursday.

ture of the medical situation in the country, saying 39 out of 59 hospitals in Khartoum and nearby states were out of service.

Sudan’s Health Ministry had on Wednesday said that 16 hospitals were damaged in the intense fighting that has forced thousands to flee for safety.

Up to 70 percent of the hospitals in Khartoum and neighbouring states have been rendered “out of service” due to the fighting, according to the Sudanese Doctor’s Union, with no hospital in Khartoum able to provide full services.

The World Health Organization warned that hospitals are running out of blood, transfusion equipment, intravenous fluids and other vital supplies, adding that nearly 300 people have been killed and a further 3,000 injured.