60% of Sudan’s Doctors Work as Expatriates

By: Aisha Braima

KHARTOUM (Sudanow.info.sd) – The Sudanese National Council for Medical Specializations said 60% of the country’s doctors are currently working as expatriates.
Al-Shiekh al-Sideeg Bader, the Council’s Secretary General, told a Sudan News Agency Forum on Tuesday that the balk of the immigrant doctors are in Saudi Arabia which employs 9,000 while 1,500 and 1,000 are in Ireland and Britain respectively.
Bader said this huge exodus has negative impact on health care services in Sudan, hinting that this situation has to be reexamined.
He argued that migration also has bad implications on the doctors themselves because informal employment agencies impose high charges on the doctors in addition to other illegal practices that are inconsistent with the International Labour law, explaining that unorganized migration is seen by the International Labour Organization (ILO) as human trafficking.
The country has recently signed an agreement with the Saudi Arabia which will benefit both countries and organize the migration, he said.
He revealed that the agreement includes three aspects: Exchange of trainees, broadening of visiting consultant programmes and organizing of migration.

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