A cry after the tragic death of a pregnant woman in hospital

The death of a pregnant woman in hospital after what the local press described as prolonged suffering and denial of care is stirring great emotion in Senegal, prompting the head of state to respond and promise “all the lightin this drama.

The incidents date back several days and took place in a public hospital in the northern city of Loja. According to the Senegalese press, Astou Sokhna, who is in her 30s, married and nine months pregnant, died there on April 7 after she requested a cesarean section to no avail. Staff members of the institution reportedly refused her request, arguing that her operation was not planned, and threatened to fire her if she insisted. “UnacceptableLiberation newspaper headline on Monday.

Initiated an “administrative action”

According to the media, the young woman waited twenty hours for an intervention that never came, before it expired as she uttered words that were widely circulated on Monday and Tuesday on social media:Working on me because I don’t know if I’ll stay here tomorrowHer child was not saved. The director of the hospital, Amadou Ghiyi Diouf, announced this Monday eveningI initiated an administrative procedure to clarify the features of this case […] and take appropriate actionThe issue continues to feed many headlines in print and online newspapers on Tuesday.

saying that you haveIt is with great sadness that I learned of the death of Mrs. Asto Sokhna in the hospitalOn Monday evening, President Macky Sall released a message.Sincere condolences to his familyOn the social network Snapchat, she is very popular among Senegalese women. “She directed the competent authorities to shed light on the causes of death to determine all responsibilities. No failure will be toleratedThe head of state added, stressing that “for the heartThe health sector and persistenceEvery day to improve the welfare of the population“.

Lack of human, technical and financial resources

A Muslim-majority country, Senegal has made significant progress in the field of women’s rights in recent years, as evidenced by its adoption in early April”Pregnant Women Protection LawIn particular, it is meant to put an end to the widespread practice of firing an employee when she is pregnant. But the United Nations and human rights defenders regularly call on the authorities to do more to end discrimination, including legal discrimination against women, as well as the violence that They are exposed to it routinely.

The Louga tragedy is the latest in a series of tragedies that have occurred in Senegal in the health sector, where unions regularly denounce the lack of human, technical and financial resources. Some newspapers have already made the headlines, such as the deaths of four newborns in April 2021 after a fire in a hospital in the town of Linguir near Luga. “It hurts us the most when we Senegalese pretend to find out, horrified, what is happening in this country. Today the hospital. Tomorrow (it will be) (something) else. We’ll forget and move on to the next argument. Daily life is dramatic because it underestimates everythingTuesday’s Twitter user regretted.

On social networks, many messages denounce the treatment reserved for patients in public facilities and in particular the delays that push many patients to resort to private sector services, despite the high cost. “We cannot hold God responsible for our actions‘, a woman wrote on Twitter. A petition calling forjustice to stoHe has already won tens of thousands of signatures, and a rally is scheduled for Friday in Luga on the same topic. According to the press, the victim’s husband filed a complaint on Monday with the local court.

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