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Senegal Hospital Fire killed at least 11 newborn babies

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At least 11 newborns were killed after a fire tore through a neonatal unit of a regional hospital in the West African nation of Senegal, the country’s president, Macky Sall, said on Thursday, May 26th, on Twitter.

Mr. Sall, who was on a state visit to Angola, said the blaze had broken out at Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in Tivaouan, which is about 75 miles east of Dakar, the capital.

“To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy,” Mr. Sall said.

He gave no further details.

Senegal’s health minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who was in Geneva for the World Health Assembly, posted on Twitter, “We learned with sorrow of the deadly fire in the neonatology department of the Mame A. A. Sy Dabakh hospital in Tivaouane.” He said that he had dispatched a delegation to the site of the blaze and was cutting short his trip to immediately return to Dakar.


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