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Hospital fire kills 11 babies in Tivaouane hospital Senegal

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Public health is in the spotlight again in Senegal as a fire outbreak at a hospital in Senegal has killed eleven newborn babies in the western Senegalese city of Tivaouane.

The president of the country, Macky Sall announced the unfortunate death of the infants late Wednesday on Twitter

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“I have just learned with pain and consternation of 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.

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

According to Senegalese politician Diop Sy, the fire, which was caused by “a short circuit”, occurred at Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital in the transport hub of Tivaouane. “The fire spread very quickly,” he said.

The city’s mayor Demba Diop said “three babies were saved”.

According to local media, the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital was newly inaugurated.

Health minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, who was in Geneva attending a meeting with the World Health Organization, said he would return to Senegal immediately.

“This situation is very unfortunate and extremely painful,” he said on radio. “An investigation is under way to see what happened.”

Recall that in April, six midwives are being prosecuted in connection to the death of Astou Sokhna, a pregnant woman who died after a long wait for a Caesarean section for hours in a public hospital.

Meanwhile, the country director for right organization, Amnesty International, Seydi Gassama said his organization had called for an inspection and upgrade for neonatology services in hospitals across Senegal after the “atrocious” death of the four babies in Linguere.

“April 24, 2021, four (4) dead babies following a fire in the neonatology department of Linguère hospital.

May 25, 2022, eleven (11) calcined dead babies following a fire in the neonatology department of Tivaouane hospital

“After the atrocious death of the 4 newborns at the Linguère hospital on April 24, 2021, we asked for the opening of an investigation to locate the responsibilities but also and above all, an inspection and an upgrade of the neonatology services. of all hospitals in Senegal.” Gassama tweeted.

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Mali declares 3 days warning after deadliest terrorist attack

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Troubled West African country, Mali declared three days of national mourning following the deadliest recent attacks by Islamist militants.

In a recent ambush on Sunday , 42 soldiers were killed in the northern region of Gao. A statement by the army claimed jihadi extremists used drones, artillery and booby-trapped vehicles.

Armed groups affiliated with al-Qa’ida, have for some time attacked military bases in the West African country. They claimed responsibility for attacks on Mali’s main military base in an attack last month.

Terrorists also recently killed 15 soldiers and three civilians in two separate operations in southwest Mali.

Meanwhile, Mali on Thursday announced the delivery of aircrafts L-39 and Sukhoi-25 jets as well as Mi-24P helicopter gunships were displayed during a ceremony from Russia.

Mali under the current Junta of Colonel Goita has been on a thread of breaking diplomatic relations with allies. It started by breaking defence alliance with the French, the junta also quit the anti-jihadist force, G-5 force but has enjoyed good relationship with Russia.

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Right group, HRW, indicts Cameroonian troops of killing Anglophone separatists

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Right group, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused Cameroonian troops in the Northwest Regions of killing at least 10 people in a crackdown against anglophone separatists.

HRW indicts Cameroon’s military in a string of allegations monitored in the battle between security forces and English-speaking militants seeking cessation in francophone-majority Cameroon.

According to the report, “Cameroonian soldiers summarily killed at least 10 people and carried out a series of other abuses between April 24 and June 12, during counter-insurgency operations in the North-West region.

“The troops also burned 12 homes, destroyed, and looted health facilities, arbitrarily detained at least 26 people, and are presumed to have forcibly disappeared up to 17 others.”

The Anglophones of Cameroon, 20 per cent of the population, feel marginalised. Their frustrations surfaced dramatically at the end of 2016 when a series of sectoral grievances morphed into political demands, leading to strikes and riots.

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