11 newborn babies die in fire at Regional Hospital – Senegal President

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Senegal’s President Macky Sall stated that 11 newborn babies died in a fire at the neonatal section of a regional hospital in the town of Tivaouane, around 120 km (74.56 miles) east of the capital Dakar.

“I have just learned with pain and consternation 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 tweet on Wednesday, without giving further details about the fire.

Meanwhile, Senegal’s health minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, said “according to preliminary investigation, a short circuit triggered the fire”.