Senegal’s President dismiss Health Minister over de@ths of 11 newborn babies in a hospital fire

Senegal’s President Macky Sall has fired his health minister after 11 newborn babies were k#lled in a hospital fire blamed on an electrical short circuit in Senegal’s western city of Tivaouane, authorities said Thursday.

The tragedy late Wednesday, May 25, in the western city of Tivaouane Was the latest in a series of hospital de@ths that have exposed the weaknesses of the nation’s healthcare system, President Macky Sall announced the tragedy on Twitter and declared three days of national mourning.

Sall announced three days of national mourning.

He wrote in Twitter: “I have just learned with pain and dismay about the de@ths of 11 newborn babies in the fire at the neonatal department of the public hospital.

“To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy.”

The disaster sparked calls for the resignation of Health Minister Abdoudaye Diouf Sarr.

On Thursday evening, May 26, The presidency said that the health Minister would be replaced by Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, formerly the director-general of the public health authority.

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