Senegal health minister sacked after babies die in hospital fire

A policeman stands guard at the entrance of a hospital, where newborn babies died in a fire in the neonatal ward, in Tivaouane, Senegal May 26, 2022. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal President Macky Sall on Thursday sacked his health minister, Abdoulaye Diouf Sarr, a government decree showed, after 11 babies were killed by a fire in a hospital neonatal ward.

Sarr will be replaced by Marie Khemesse Ngom Ndiaye, the ministry’s director general, according to the decree.

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