Senegal hospital fire: Eleven newborn babies die in Tivaouane

Senegal hospital fire: Eleven newborn babies die in Tivaouane

May 26, 2022 by BBC News - World

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  • By Nicolas Négoce BBC News, Tivaouane Media caption, Ndeye Absa Gueye's grandchild died in the fire Eleven newborn babies have died in a fire at the maternity unit of a hospital in the western city of Tivaouane in Senegal.
  • The tragedy has set off a wave of grief and outrage throughout Senegal over the state of disrepair at some of the country's health-care facilities.
  • The baby was born seven months into the pregnancy, so he had to be treated and he is now one of the victims of this fire," he said.
  • Image source, AFP Image caption, Grieving families now want answers Rights group Amnesty International has urged the government to create an "independent commission of inquiry to determine responsibility and punish the culprits, no matter the level they are at in the state apparatus," country director Seydi Gassama said in a tweet.

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