Before his dismissal, Sarr told local radio station RFM that the blaze which engulfed the Tivaouane hospital’s newborn unit was caused by an electrical short circuit.
The Senegalese minister of regional planning and local government, Cheikh Bamba Dièye, expressed displeasure with what he described as “the recurrence of tragedies” in the country’s hospitals while urging a probe of its health systems.
‘Hospitals now places of death’
“11 babies. How could this happen? How could they leave those babies in the fire? Why didn’t they evacuate them when the fire started? Were emergency services alerted in time? Were there no emergency fire extinguishers on these premises…? No, but that is unacceptable!”
The President also launched an investigation into the cause of the fire.