Senegal: Medics Arrested Over Childbirth Deaths
Three health workers in Senegal have been arrested after a pregnant woman and her baby died allegedly because of a botched Caesarean section. A health union official said a gynaecologist, an anaesthetist and a nurse were being questioned over potential negligence. Senegalese media say the heavily pregnant woman died after losing
a lot of blood. Baby died as a result of injuries sustained during the operation. The Senegalese Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ASGO) defended the medical team and criticised the arrests as wrongful. In a statement,it said the team had taken appropriate decision for the woman and her baby. Last year the
President Macky Sall described Senegal’s health system as obsolete and ordered a national review of neonatal services. It followed a national outcry over the death of a woman in labour. In a case in which three Senegalese midwives who were involved were found guilty of not assisting someone in danger.