UNICEF profoundly saddened by the death of at least 11 newborn babies following a horrific fire at Tivaouane hospital

Statement attributable to Ms. Silvia Danailov, UNICEF Representative in Senegal

26 May 2022

DAKAR (Senegal), 26 May 2022 – "UNICEF is deeply saddened by the death of at least 11 newborn babies following a terrible fire at the neonatal unit of the hospital of Tivaouane.

“We express our deepest sympathy to the families and communities affected by this tragedy, especially those who have lost their child. No parents should experience the heartbreak of watching their child die.

"UNICEF stands alongside the authorities and partners on the ground to provide support, the necessary assistance to these families and prevent further such tragedies."

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