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Mothers’ agony as 11 babies die in fire at Senegalese hospital

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Mothers’ agony as 11 babies die in fire at Senegalese hospital

Experts say Covid has left facilities unable to maintain safety standards, with four newborns dying in a blaze last year

Bate Felix and Ngouda Dione

Diali Kaba’s mother woke her up on Thursday morning with terrifying news: there had been a fire at the hospital in their town in Senegal where Kaba’s two-week-old daughter was being cared for and 11 babies were dead.

The women rushed to the hospital, where Kaba was allowed in to find out if her child was among the victims. Her mother, Ndeye Absa Gueye, waited anxiously outside.

Gueye said she heard about the fire at the Mame Abdou Aziz Sy Dabakh hospital on Wednesday night, but did not immediately realise it had taken place inside the neonatal department. The news reached her early on Thursday, striking terror into her heart...

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