11 newborn babies die in Senegal hospital fire

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Eleven newborn babies have died following a fire in the neonatal section of a Senegalese hospital.

On Wednesday, President Macky Sall announced the death toll after a fire at a regional hospital in the town of Tivaouane, around the capital Dakar.

“I have just learned with pain and dismay of the death of 11 newborn babies in the fire that occurred in the neonatology department of the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh hospital in Tivaouane,” Sall said in a statement. a statement. Tweeter. “To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy.”

Senegalese Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr revealed on Senegalese television TFM that a short circuit had started the fire.

Mr Sarr, currently in Geneva for the World Health Assembly, said his trip would be cut short and he would return to Senegal immediately.

Mr Sall declared a three-day period of national mourning from Thursday and called for flags to be lowered during this period. He has also launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire, according to the country’s interior minister, Antoine Félix Abdoulaye Diome.

“Beyond that, he (Sall) asked that we look at all the equipment and infrastructure dedicated to newborns who need help with machines for their care,” Mr Diome said.

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