At least 11 newborns have died after a fire destroyed a neonatal ward of a regional hospital in West Africa’s Senegal, the country’s president, Macky Sall, said Thursday. on Twitter†
Mr Sall, who was on a state visit to Angola, said the fire had broken out at Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh hospital in Tivaouan, about 120 kilometers east of the capital Dakar.
“I extend my deepest condolences to their mothers and their families,” said Mr. sal.
He gave no further details.
The Senegalese Minister of Health, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who was in Geneva for the World Health Assembly, posted on Twitter, “We were saddened to learn of the deadly fire in the neonatology department of Mame AA Sy Dabakh Hospital in Tivaouane.” He said he had sent a delegation to the site of the fire and cut off his journey to return to Dakar immediately.
At least nine children died in a house fire in the Medina district of Dakar in 2013, the then state news agency of Senegal reported. Seven of the children were Quranic students who were taught by a holy man who used them as beggars.
In 2017, at least 22 people were killed and more than 100 injured during an Islamic festival in the village of Médina Gounas, in the east of the country. In 2010, six people were killed and several injured after a fire broke out at the same spiritual sanctuary.
Médina Gounas, an autonomous community ruled by Islamic law, rejected a suggestion by government officials to fireproof several buildings in the center where the festival is held, saying any changes to the structures would destroy their spiritual significance.