A minimum of 11 newborns have been killed after a fireplace tore by way of a neonatal unit of a regional hospital within the West African nation of Senegal, the nation’s president, Macky Sall, stated on Thursday on Twitter.
Mr. Sall, who was on a state go to to Angola, stated the blaze had damaged out at Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in Tivaouan, which is about 75 miles east of Dakar, the capital.
“To their moms and their households, I categorical my deepest sympathy,” Mr. Sall stated.
He gave no additional particulars.
Senegal’s well being minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who was in Geneva for the World Well being Meeting, posted on Twitter, “We discovered with sorrow of the lethal fireplace within the neonatology division of the Mame A. A. Sy Dabakh hospital in Tivaouane.” He stated that he had dispatched a delegation to the location of the blaze and was slicing brief his journey to instantly return to Dakar.
At least nine children died in a house fire within the Medina neighborhood of Dakar in 2013, Senegal’s state information company reported on the time. Seven of the youngsters have been Koranic college students who took lessons from a holy man who employed them as beggars.
In 2017, a fireplace killed a minimum of 22 folks and injured greater than 100 throughout an Islamic pageant within the village of Médina Gounas, within the japanese a part of the nation. In 2010, six folks had been killed and a number of other injured after a blaze broke out on the similar religious retreat.
Médina Gounas, an autonomous neighborhood dominated by Islamic legislation, rejected a suggestion by authorities officers to fireproof a number of buildings on the middle the place the pageant is held, saying any modifications to the buildings would destroy their religious significance.