construction of the future hospital in Tivaouane begins

The hospital in this city east of the capital of the Thiès region will be level 3. The same religious city was shaken last month by the death of eleven infants during the fire in neonatological premises at the current health facility.

as reported from Dakar, Thea Olivier

Macky Sall launched on Saturday, June 25 in Tivaouane the work of a hospital with 300 beds and “latest generation” equipment, which will accommodate more than twenty medical and surgical specialties including pediatrics, gastroenterology and nephrology. The structure will cost CFA 46 billion (almost € 71 million) and is expected to be completed in December 2023.

This ceremony took place in the presence of several members of the government, including the new Minister of Health Marie Khémesse Ngom Ndiaye, who had been appointed after the dramatic fire that claimed the lives of eleven infants in May last year.

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But the head of state has nevertheless made it clear that the construction of this health structure is “not linked” to this deadly fire. The project already existed due to the demographic development of the religious city, whose level 1 hospital could no longer meet the demand.

This new health facility is then part of the same policy as the inauguration of the regional hospitals in Kédougou, Kaffrine or Touba.

But because several tragic events included death in Astou Sokhna’s birth and her baby, the Patients in Danger collective, continue to condemn inadequate hospital structures in the country.

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