#Senegalese #President relieves #healthMinister of his duties after 11 newborns were killed in a devastating #hospital fire. How does anyone recover from a hospital fire under your watch? How does anyone even recover from it after 11 newborn babies to 11 couples and families were lost to this said hospital fire?
This has got to be one of the most disturbingly sad experience, because you are wondering, did the babies burn to death? New born babies burn to death? My goodness..It is absolutely horrible.
The Senegalese president Macky Sally, has specifically reacted to the horribly devastating event in the last few days that led to the death of 11 new borns in a hospital fire.
The tragedy late Wednesday, May 25, in the western city of Tivaouane was the latest in a series of hospital d€aths that have exposed the weaknesses of the nation’s healthcare system.
Sall declared three days of national mourning.
He wrote in Twitter: “I have just learned with pain and dismay about the deaths of 11 newborn babies in the fire at the neonatal department of the public hospital.
“To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy.”
The disaster sparked calls for the resignation of Health Minister Abdoudaye Diouf Sarr.
The presidency said on Thursday evening, May 26, that the health Minister would be replaced by Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, formerly the director-general of the public health authority.
On Wednesday the President Macky Sally announced on twitter the horrible incident and where 11 babies who were just born, were killed in a hospital fire in the Western City of Tivaouane, Senegal at Name Abdou Aziz At Dabakh hospital.
“I have just learned with pain and dismay about the deaths of 11 newborn babies in the fire at the neonatal department of the public hospital,” he tweeted.”To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy,” Sall added.The tragedy was caused by “a short circuit”, according to Senegalese politician Diop Sy.”The fire spread very quickly,” he said.The city’s mayor Demba Diop said “three babies were saved”.
According to local media, the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital was newly inaugurated.Health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who was in Geneva attending a meeting with the World Health Organisation, said he would return to Senegal immediately.
“This situation is very unfortunate and extremely painful,” he said on radio. “An investigation is under way to see what happened.”The tragedy also follows a national outcry over the death of a woman in labour, Astou Sokhna, who died while reportedly begging for a Caesarean during her 20-hour labour ordeal. Her unborn child also died shortly after.