Senegal President sacks health and fitness minister just after hospital fire that killed eleven babies

Wellness Minister Diouf Sarr was relieved of his duties Thursday, and has been replaced by a senior ministry formal, Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, in accordance to a government assertion.
Sarr was attending the World Overall health Assembly conference in Geneva throughout the time of the fire at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Healthcare facility, which transpired late Wednesday. He reduce quick his vacation and returned to Senegal Thursday, the wellbeing ministry stated.

In advance of his dismissal, Sarr advised neighborhood radio station RFM that the blaze which engulfed the Tivaouane hospital’s newborn device was brought about by an electrical limited circuit.

Senegal has been rocked by a variety of new health and fitness treatment scandals, such as a fire final calendar year at the neonatal device of a hospital in Linguere, in the country’s north. 4 toddlers have been killed in the Linguere clinic fireplace, the health and fitness ministry claimed previous April.
The described dying in April of a pregnant woman who was refused a cesarean by 3 midwives also sparked outrage in the nation.

The Senegalese minister of regional preparing and community authorities, Cheikh Bamba Dièye, expressed displeasure with what he described as “the recurrence of tragedies” in the country’s hospitals even though urging a probe of its health programs.

“I am appalled by the horrific and unacceptable death of 11 newborn babies in Tivaouane. The recurrence of tragedies in our hospitals reminds us of the obligation to carefully critique the excellent of provider in our hospitals. My deepest condolences to the people,” he reported in a Twitter submit Thursday.

‘Hospitals now sites of death’

Some Senegalese on social media have blamed the recurring healthcare facility fires on the absence of smoke detectors and useful fire extinguishers in the country’s health and fitness amenities.
A Twitter person, Massaly Samba, wrote: “…Our hospitals have come to be places of dying. Much too a lot carelessness, indifference, casualness!… Hasn’t going to the healthcare facility grow to be a hazard currently?”
Yet another Twitter consumer, Mouride_Bi, questioned why the newborns killed in the most current medical center fire were not evacuated when the blaze started.

“11 babies. How could this come about? How could they leave all those babies in the fireplace? Why did not they evacuate them when the hearth started out? Were emergency products and services alerted in time? Have been there no unexpected emergency fireplace extinguishers on these premises…? No, but that is unacceptable!”

Sall declared three times of countrywide mourning from Thursday and flags will fly at 50 percent-mast during this time period, a statement from the Presidency stated.

The President also released an investigation into the trigger of the hearth.