We learned from union sources that three people were taken into police custody following the deaths of 11 babies at Tivaouane's public hospital. Ousmane Diouf is a representative of And Gueusseum a trade union center. He said that a midwife, nurse, and director of human resources (HRD), of the hospital were all charged with "endangering other lives". Health workers. Mballo Dia Thiam is the national manager of the plant. She said that the midwife and nurse were in police custody since Sunday. The HRD details were not disclosed. They must be presented to the prosecutor in Thies, the regional capital upon which Tivaouane relies, Mr. Diouf said.
This is just the latest example of the flaws in Senegal's healthcare system. This is the third time in a year that children have died in public hospitals. It has sparked calls for sanctions and some opinions accuse the authorities of passiveness.
Four infants were killed in a fire at Linguere hospital, in the northern part of the country, in April 2021. The city mayor had previously spoken out about a malfunction in the air conditioning system. A nine-month-old woman who was waiting for a cesarean had died in Louga (north) at the beginning of that month.