Horror at Senegalese maternity unit as fire kills 11 newborn babies.
26th May 2022

Eleven newborn babies are killed as fire tears through neonatal unit of hospital in western Senegal

  • Blaze tore through hospital unit 75 miles east of Senegal’s capital city of Dakar
  • Country’s President Macky Sall said 11 newborn babies died in the tragedy 

Eleven newborn babies died last night when a fire that tore through the neonatal section of a regional hospital in the town of Tivaouane, around 75 miles east of Senegal’s capital Dakar.

‘I have just learned with pain and consternation the death of 11 newborn babies in the fire that occurred in the neonatology department of the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh hospital in Tivaouane,’  the country’s President Macky Sall said in a Tweet without giving further details about the fire.

Emergency services at the scene of the fire in Senegal early this morning

‘To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy,’ he added.

The fire service and regional officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

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