Eleven newborns have died in a fire that destroyed the neonatal wing of a hospital in Senegal.
President Macky Sall offered his condolences to the mothers as he confirmed the tragedy at a hospital in Tivaouane, a town near the capital Dakar.
He tweeted: “I have just learned with pain and dismay the death of 11 newborns in the fire that took place in the neonatology ward of Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in Tivaouane.”
“My deepest condolences to their mothers and their families,” he added.
The President gave no further details about the fire.
Senegal’s Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr told local media that “according to preliminary investigations” a short circuit could have started the fire.
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.
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