Within the deteriorated medical sector in the country which resulted to the inability to provide the primary health care to the citizens, it became necessary to conduct a thorough study to achieve the aspirations of the people in terms of comprehensive health system in order to apply the slogan of indigenization medical care.
The Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Medical Directorate was one of those institutions which was established to contribute in providing primary health care especially in health emergency cases.
The Directorate provides free health care to its recruits as well as the citizens.
In an exclusive interview, the Chief of the RSF Medical Directorate, Dr. Suleiman Abdul Jabar, answered the crucial questions to shed light on the activities of the Directorate.
Q: Would you please tell us about the idea of establishing the directorate?
A: The Medical Directorate is a unit under the commandment of the RSF Commander-in-Chief, 1st lt. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Daglo. It is tasked according to the RSF law as a supportive unit to the Sudanese Armed Forces to conduct its national duties in all over the country or abroad through the Arab Alliance Forces in Saudi Arabia.
Q: What is the nature of the services provided by the directorate?
A: The service is divided into two i.e. medical services and protective services. It has several sections in Khartoum besides a sheltering and isolation centre in Karrari locality. There are medical units in all sectors, groups, camps and check-points. We have also a department for medical supply and equipment, We have coordination with the medical services in the Sudanese Armed Forces and other security institutions.
Q: Would you enlighten us about the ongoing efforts to improve the medical services?
A: Within our endeavors to improve the services we have established a special fund to meet the horizontal expansion and accordingly we managed to include all the RSF recruits under the national health insurance umbrella.
Q: How many recruits benefited from the RSF medical directorate?
A: After entering into contract with the national health insurance thousands of the RSF recruits families benefited in only the last six months. It is worth noting here that the RSF medical directorate provides free primary health insurance to the civilians.
Q: What about the future plans?
A: We are working in expanding the premises to include medical interventions and surgeries in the near future. We are also planning to increase the beds, besides the X-ray and dental sections along with blood test apparatus.
Q: How do you deal with the rareness of some medicines?
A: Nowadays all the drugs are available within the efforts of the government to sustain the supply of medicine all over the country.
Q: What about the long term plans?
A: We have set a plan to establish a reference hospital in greater Khartoum in order to develop the health sector and apply the indignation of medication.
Q: Would you brief us on the protective services?
A: We have services related to the environment, health awareness as we dispatched several convoys to different states, besides the direct assistance to the ministries of health in the states as we provide them with medical supplies. On the RSF recruits we managed to cover more than 30% in terms of COVID-19 vaccination.
Q: The issue of narcotics is one of the big concerns of Sudan to the extent that the Vice President adapted some initiatives in this regard?
A: We have partnerships with the civil society organizations in the anti-drugs activities, besides (Awafi) initiative which aims at dealing with combating the widespread of drugs under the direct sponsorship of the Vice President of the Sovereign Council.
Q: What are the details of the initiative?
A: The plan includes several aspects regarding the reporting, reducing the supply of narcotics to protect the society. We started understandings to rehabilitate Hayat Centre for Curing the Addiction as first phase.
We have also the Vice President’s initiative to send the injured persons of December revolution to Jordan after the required classifications.
On environment, we led several initiatives including spray, cleaning campaigns, eyes camps in Um Al-Qura and Al-Genaina in partnership with Al-Basar Charity Foundation where more than 8 thousand citizens benefited from those camps.