Health In Sudan
HEALTH CARE COSTS ARE ALLEVIATED BY AN INSURANCE THAT COST SD200 PER
PERSON MONTHLY (LESS THAN $1) AND provides a 75% discount on treatment at
government hospitals and a commensurate reduction in the price of drugs at Public
Pharmacies. Every neighbourhood has public pharmacies as well as private ones.
The Ministry of Health estimates that it now has a public pharmacyfor every 1,000 persons.
They rotate their service hours so that drugs are available within a reasonable distance round
the clock. Vaccinations for children under twelve are universally available in Greater Khartoum.
The metropolis has over half of the country’s doctors (about 2,500), though it contains slightly
less than 20% of the population. Over 1,000 new medical students have been entering Sudan’s
universities every year since 1994. There is a teaching hospital at Khartoum University and a
center for laser technology research. Many operations are now performed with laser rather than
knife surgery. Great strides have been made in the field of health over the past 10 years. Hospitals
and other medical services have been upgraded in terms of numbers, personnel, and equipment
throughout the country, except in areas under rebel control.