Has Medication Become a Luxury?!

Al-Sammani Awadallah

The recent policies adopted by the transitional government in lifting subsidies on the essential commodities have harmed the lives of the citizens and led to more suffering besides its expanding the poverty circle and disappointment.

However, there are essential commodities that the citizens could not have any alternatives to it to ease their suffering.

The right to get medical treatment is one of the basic rights, but freeing the medicine US Dollar exchange rate following the floating of the Sudanese pound resulted in high-rocketing prices of drugs a matter that increased the suffering of the people especially those who are under medical treatment.

The step is considered the most drastic procedure on the citizens especially those of low income. The invoice of the medicine absorbs most of the earnings of the people within the spread of epidemics, considering that the monthly salaries are not sufficient to afford food let alone other items.

Member of the economic committee in the Forces of Freedom and Change, Kamal Karrar subjected the high prices of medicine to the floating Sudanese pound, adding that the decision of floating the Sudanese pound was wrong from the very beginning.

He said that the inflation rate is on the rise month after month, adding that 90% of the commodities are imported so they are affected by the floating of the Sudanese pound.

He affirmed that providing medicine is a service and not a commodity, so the government must consider that.

On his part, Sudanese Customer Protection Society, Hussein Al-Gouni expected the decline of US dollar exchange rate in the upcoming period due to the flow of grants and loans to the Sudanese treasury, and accordingly, the government should reconsider its policy towards medicine importation especially life-saving drugs through changing the US exchange rate for medical purposes to make the prices affordable or even direct coverage to the increase of the prices.

He added that the government should continue its support to the health sector by providing medical services at affordable prices…

Economist Dr. Abdallah Al-Ramadi said the customs US Dollar exchange should be given preferential rates to enable importation of medicine at affordable prices.

On the other hand, economic analyst Dr. Adil Abdul Moniem said that freeing the price of medicine US dollar exchange is a redline because it will lead to disastrous consequences.

He proposed for the government to have a constant official price till the end of the year, besides allocating 10% of exportation revenues to medicine, urging the government to support the medicine by 75% of its price.

Sudan Renaissance Alliance members called on the government to support the health sector and make the prices of the medicine affordable, considering the situation in Sudan is tremendously deteriorating and people are suffering to get their daily needs.

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