EYEAFRICA TV: Malabo, EQUATORIAL GUINEA:- President Macky Sall will abruptly cut his participation in the Africa Union summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea following to meet bereaved families of last Wednesday hospital fire tragedy.
Eleven newborn babies have died in the fire disaster at the maternity unit of a hospital in the western city of Tivaouane in Senegal.
The fire was said to have been caused by a short circuit, according to the the city’s mayor, Demba Diop Sy. Three babies were rescued, he added.
President Sall is currently on AU duty for the extraordinary session on May 27th and 28th but is expected to fly to Dakar immediately after the opening of the Summit.
The President is scheduled to visit the scene of the tragedy on Saturday 28 May and meet the bereaved families and religious authorities of the Holy City.
Mr Sall declared three days of national mourning during which the national flag will be lowered to half mast. He had expressed sympathy to the mothers and families of the departed souls in a condolence statement on behalf of the nation.
While attending a World Health Organisation meeting in Geneva at the time, where the president received the news, he said an investigation was under way.
Among Senegalese, there are complaints about the standard of healthcare in the country’s urban areas like this, and what people have access to in rural areas.
Opposition MP Mamadou Lamine Diallo criticised the government, tweeting: “More babies burned in a public hospital… This is unacceptable”.