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The death of a journalist tells the drama of the sick in Sudan


A few days before his departure, Qasim, who worked as a journalist and proofreader for several newspapers and local media in Sudan, wrote on his Facebook page: “Kidney dialysis has stopped. If war and bullets don’t kill you, no – dialysis will! Anyone who knows where to do dialysis, let us know.

Abdul Karim continued to issue distress calls and call on warring parties to stay away from health facilities and lift the siege of Al-Amal Hospital in Bahri, north of the capital, as he had been receiving health care there for years and it was close to where he lived, but the sound of gunfire masked his weak voice until he died after suffering pain.

Qasim is one of hundreds of Sudanese who suffer from chronic diseases such as heart, kidney and diabetes, who died for failing to obtain necessary medical care after 72% of treatment facilities in the capital, Khartoum, in addition to the consequent difficulty of access to operating hospitals. Armed clashes.

Patients in Sudan are experiencing similar tragedies, but the 7,000 kidney patients receiving treatment at 104 health centres, according to the Ministry of Health, suffer the most, as their health is subject to rapid deterioration if they do not not find enough dialysis sessions.

With the collapse of the healthcare system in the capital, Khartoum, many kidney patients have left for Madani, the capital of Gezira State, Port Sudan and the White Nile to save their lives by getting needed medical attention. , but state centers were unable to meet the large number of new patients, so the suffering continued.

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Amira Sabri, the wife of the late journalist Abdul Karim Kassem, told Sky News Arabia the story of his wife’s suffering before her death, when the family was in a constant state of wandering amid the whistling of bullets and cannons in the burning city of Bahri. looking for a functioning dialysis center, to ease the pain of her loss.

Sabri says: “We went to Al-Amal and Ahmed Qassem hospital in Bahri, Al-Safia center and New Alban hospital in the suburb of Haj Youssef, east of the capital, and we been able to get a reduced dialysis session of only two hours instead of 4 hours as happened with him in the past, and the number of sessions was also reduced from two to once a week.

And she adds: “The reduction in the hours and number of dialysis sessions led to a significant deterioration in the health of the deceased, after the potassium deficiency of his body and heart almost stopped, and he became unable to move, which increased our concern about him, so we left for the town of Shendi, which is about 200 km from Khartoum.” North in search of needed health care.

However, after traveling all these distances, “Abdul Karim Qasim” found in the city of Shendi a situation similar to that which he left in Khartoum, where the dialysis centers are crowded, and he was able to obtain sessions of dialysis for three hours in one session per week, which further aggravated his state of health and then his death, according to his wife.

Thousands of victims

Qasim was not the only one to fall victim to the lack of medicine. Unofficial estimates say hundreds of patients died at the gates of closed hospitals or inside their homes after war fires kept them out, as they battled the pain of illness .

Sudanese journalist Othman Mirghani said: “His eldest brother, Muhammad, died last week, adding a number to the thousands who died silently for lack of medical attention, and they were not included in the statistics. organizations that monitor those who have been shot, and far more have fallen from their notebooks than have been denied access to hospitals.”

Mirghani added to Sky News Arabia: “I think those who died because they didn’t get medicine or a doctor or couldn’t go to hospital are ten times more than people killed by bullets and bombs”.

And he continued: “My brother is better than hundreds of people who, after more than two months, still cannot find anyone to cover their bodies, of which only the bones remain. At least he found someone to pray for him and entrust to him, whose deposits are not lost. May God accept it with the prophets, the martyrs and the righteous.

The secretary of the preliminary committee of the Sudanese doctors’ union, Dr. Atiya Abdullah, in an interview with Sky News Arabia, said that most hospitals in the capital, Khartoum, are out of service, and even those that are functioning are suffering from cuts. electricity and water, and the difficulty of access for specialized medical personnel.

Electricity shortage

Attia says, “Ahmed Qassim Hospital, as one of the largest heart and kidney treatment centers, is operating erratically due to lack of electricity and water supply, and the issue is ‘applies to all hospitals in the capital, Khartoum, which leads patients to death, and there is no result, but many died because they did not receive the necessary care.

The heart of “Amira Sabry” was not satisfied with the grief of her husband, journalist Abdul Karim Kassem, but he burned with grief for the deceased colleagues who received treatment with him in dialysis centers. The danger of dying silently.

She says her husband left her with her three children, “two girls and a boy”, amid waves of grief and grief over her loss. They look at a bleak reality around them after the fires of war have destroyed everything and devoured the dean of She thinks the time has come to end the ongoing fighting, so that blood and tears will flow drooling over lost loved ones.

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