The Prime Minister has denied reports that the government plans to lift subsidies on medicines. He also stated that an agreement has been reached with the Central Bank of Sudan to provide $55 million in foreign currency to support both the local production and the imports of medicines. This announcement followed an announcement of a work stoppage by medics working in the isolation ward of a hospital in Khartoum, who demanded improvement of their working environment and complaining about the lack of medicines, including basic medicines for corona virus patients. With the exchange rate reform on February 21, 2021, the long-waited Sudan Family Support Program initiated in end of February by providing qualified individuals with $5 dollar per month for 12 months to help them cope with high inflation (330 percent in March 2021). The approved 2021 budget also increased government spending on healthcare.