Tag: Senegal

World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship “Global Mercy” In Senegal
African Development, News, Senegal

World’s Largest Civilian Hospital Ship “Global Mercy” In Senegal

The Global Mercy, the world's largest civilian hospital ship, made its debut in Africa in the port of Dakar where it will stay for four weeks to train health professionals, an AFP journalist noted on Monday. Senegalese President Macky Sall formally welcomed the Global Mercy on Monday morning at a ceremony attended by Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo and Comoros President Azali Assoumani. The giant ship - measuring 174 meters long and 28.6 meters wide and comprising 12 decks - arrived Friday in the port of Dakar and will stay there for four weeks until the end of June, before returning in 2023 to offer surgical care to poor populations. Its arrival coincides with a new tragedy that has shaken the country and highlighted the shortcomings of Senegal's health system. ...
Senegal Health Minister Fired After Babies Die In Hospital Fire
News, Safety, Senegal

Senegal Health Minister Fired After Babies Die In Hospital Fire

Senegal Health Minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr Senegal President Macky Sall has sacked his Health Minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, after 11 babies were killed by a fire in a hospital on Wednesday. Mr Sarr will be replaced by Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, the ministry's director general, following the tragedy in Tivaouane city. The blaze, which rapidly engulfed the newborn unit at the Tivaouane hospital, is being blamed on an electrical short circuit. Read Also: Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire President Sall declared three days of national mourning. He also ordered an investigation into the tragedy. He is expected to visit Tivaouane on Saturday to meet the babies' relatives. Many observers say that Senegal's health system is beset by staffing, infrastruc...
Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire
News, Safety, Senegal

Eleven Newborn Babies Die In Senegal Hospital Fire

Eleven newborn babies have died in a hospital fire in the western city of Tivaouane in Senegal, the country's president has said. The fire at Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh Hospital was in the maternity department, President Macky Sall tweeted. Initial reports suggest the fire was caused by a short circuit, according to Senegalese politicians. Three babies were saved from the fire, said the city's mayor, Demba Diop Sy. The fire spread very quickly and emergency services were still at the scene, Mr Sy told local media. The hospital had been newly inaugurated, according to AFP, citing local media reports. "To their mothers and their families, I express my deepest sympathy," President Sall wrote in a tweet. "This situation is very unfortunate and extremely painful," He...
Three Italians Kidnapped In Southern Mali
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Three Italians Kidnapped In Southern Mali

Armed men kidnapped an Italian couple and their son in southern Mali overnight, their church said on Friday, as violence spreads in a country ravaged by an Islamist insurgency. A spokesman for the Jehovah's Witnesses church in neighboring Senegal said the couple is in their 70s and their son is about 50. They were living in Mali for personal reasons and are not missionaries, he said. It was not immediately clear who took them, he said. Media outlets reported that a Togolese national was kidnapped along with the Italians, but the spokesman said he could not confirm that. Italy's foreign affairs ministry confirmed the kidnapping in a statement. “The Crisis Unit is making every effort - in coordination with the competent State bodies - to find a positive solution to the case,...
Senegal: Three Midwives Convicted Over Death Of Pregnant Woman
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Senegal: Three Midwives Convicted Over Death Of Pregnant Woman

People demonstrate during a sit-in to demand justice for Astou Sokhna and call for a more humane and patient-friendly health care system at the Place de la Nation in Dakar Three Senegalese midwives involved in the death of a woman in labour have been found guilty of not assisting someone in danger. They received six-month suspended sentences, after Astou Sokhna, died while reportedly begging for a Caesarean. Her unborn child also died. Three other midwives who were also on trial were not found guilty The case caused a national outcry with President Macky Sall ordering an investigation. Mrs Sokhna was in her 30s when she passed away at a hospital in the northern town of Louga. During her reported 20-hour labour ordeal, her pleas to doctors to carry out a Caesarean were i...
Senegal: Health Workers Strike Over Death of Pregnant Woman
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Senegal: Health Workers Strike Over Death of Pregnant Woman

Health workers in Senegal went on strike to protest at charges filed against six midwives accused of negligence in the death of pregnant woman that sparked nationwide anger. The National Association of Midwives and several other groups in the health sector said they were joining a work stoppage ranging from one to three days. The public health system has been “paralysed,” Mballo Dia Thiam at an umbrella group of healthcare workers called ASAS, said. The health ministry, gave no details about the impact of the strike, saying only that it had “taken steps.” The affair was sparked by the death of a nine-months-pregnant woman named Astou Sokhna at a public hospital in the northern town of Louga. She repeatedly pleaded with doctors to perform a caesarean secti...
Senegal DeclaresNational Holiday to Celebrate AFCON Victory
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Senegal DeclaresNational Holiday to Celebrate AFCON Victory

Senegal’s President Macky Sall declared Monday a public holiday to celebrate the national football team’s first-ever African Cup of Nations crown following their victory against Egypt, public television announced. Sall, who had been due to visit Comoros at the end of a trip that took in Egypt and Ethiopia, canceled the last leg in order to welcome the triumphant Lions on their return to Dakar at 1300 GMT Monday, RTS said. See Also: AFCON: Senegal Edge Equatorial Guinea, Clinch Semi-Finals Place Led by Liverpool star Sadio Mane, Senegal overcame Mohamed Salah’s Egypt 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out at Sunday’s final in Cameroon. The game had finished goalless after extra time. After two previous final defeats in 2002 and 2019, Senegal finally claimed their first Cup of Natio...
Edouard Mendy Inspires Chelsea to Champions League Knockout Stage Qualification
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Edouard Mendy Inspires Chelsea to Champions League Knockout Stage Qualification

Senegalese goalie, Edouard Mendy was in sparkling form on Tuesday as Chelsea booked a spot in the knockout stage of the Champions League after beating Rennes 2-1 in France. Mendy in a post-match interview said he is hoping to continue his impressive form for the west London side. The shot-stopper who made the switch to Chelsea in the summer transfer window from their opponent in the game, Rennes made impressive saves to keep his side in the match. Callum Hudson-Odoi had given Frank Lampard’s side the lead in the first half but Serhou Guirassy’s equaliser with five minutes remaining appeared to hand Rennes a point. But substitute, Olivier Giroud scored the winner in injury time to book Chelsea’s place in the knockout stage of the Champions League with two group games to spare. ...