Not less than 11 newborns had been killed after a fireplace tore by a neonatal unit of a regional hospital within the West African nation of Senegal, the nation’s president, Macky Sall, mentioned on Thursday on Twitter.
Mr. Sall, who was on a state go to to Angola, mentioned 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 specific my deepest sympathy,” Mr. Sall mentioned.
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 realized with sorrow of the lethal fireplace within the neonatology division of the Mame A. A. Sy Dabakh hospital in Tivaouane.” He mentioned that he had dispatched a delegation to the location of the blaze and was reducing quick his journey to right away return to Dakar.
Not less than 9 youngsters died in a home fireplace within the Medina neighborhood of Dakar in 2013, Senegal’s state information company reported on the time. Seven of the youngsters had been Koranic college students who took lessons from a holy man who employed them as beggars.
In 2017, a fireplace killed at the least 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 several other injured after a blaze broke out on the similar non secular retreat.
Médina Gounas, an autonomous group dominated by Islamic legislation, rejected a suggestion by authorities officers to fireproof a number of buildings on the heart the place the pageant is held, saying any modifications to the constructions would destroy their non secular significance.