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Senegal’s President Sall sack health minister, Abdoulaye Sarr over dead babies at hospital

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Senegal’s President Macky Sall has fired the health minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr on Thursday and announced three days of national mourning for the death of the 11 new-borns.

Public health is in the spotlight again in Senegal yesterday when news broke that a fire outbreak at a hospital in Senegal has killed eleven new-born babies in the western Senegalese city of Tivaouane.

The sacked health minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, says that the state is waiting for “the expert report from SENELEC (National Electricity Company of Senegal, ed)” to find out the cause of the fire that killed 11 babies late Wednesday.

The president would return early from abroad and visit the hospital on Saturday, his office said.

The city’s mayor Demba Diop said the fire had been caused by a short circuit and spread very quickly.

He denied allegations from relatives at the hospital and across social media that the babies had been left alone, saying a midwife and nurse were present Wednesday evening.

“There was a noise and an explosion that lasted three minutes at most,” he said outside the hospital entrance.

“Five minutes later, the fire brigade arrived. People used fire extinguishers.”

The mayor said the air-conditioning had accelerated the flames and added that the two nurses fainted but were revived.

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 the 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.

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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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