A hospital fire in the western city of Tivaouane in Senegal has killed eleven newborn babies.
Senegal’s president, Macky Sall said in a statement that the fire at Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital was in the maternity department.
“To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy,” President Sall wrote in a tweet.
Je viens d’apprendre avec douleur et consternation le décès de 11 nouveaux nés, dans l’incendie survenu au service de néonatalogie de l’hôpital Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh de Tivaouane.
A leurs mamans et et à leurs familles, j’exprime ma profonde compassion.
— Macky Sall (@Macky_Sall) May 25, 2022
The city’s mayor Demba Diop Sy said three babies were saved from the fire which politicians had said was caused by a short circuit.