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Eleven newborns have died in a fire in the neonatal wing of a hospital in Senegal.
Senegal’s President Macky Sall confirmed the tragedy at a hospital in the town of Tivaouane, some 75 miles east of the Senegalese capital Dakar.
He tweeted: “I have just learned with pain and dismay that 11 newborns died in the fire at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital’s Neonatology Unit in Tivaouane.”
“My deepest condolences to their mothers and their families,” added Sall, who is on a state visit to Angola.
Mr. Sall did not provide further details about the fire.
Senegal’s Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr said on Senegalese private television TFM that “according to preliminary investigations, a short circuit caused the fire”.
Mr Sarr, who is in Geneva for the World Health Assembly, said he would cut short the trip and return to Senegal immediately.
Demba Diop Sy, the mayor of Tivaouane, one of Senegal’s holy cities and a transport hub, said police and firefighters were still hospitalized but gave no further details.
Three babies were rescued from the blaze, according to the mayor.
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