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6 Senegal midwives charged following pregnant woman’s death

Six midwives in Senegal have been charged over a pregnant woman’s death in hospital this month in a case that has sparked outrage.

News24 reports that Astou Sokhna, who was nine months’ pregnant, died in a public hospital in early April in the northern town of Louga after she had repeatedly pleaded with doctors for a Caesarean section. However, it was refused on the grounds that the operation had not been planned in advance.

Health Minister Abdoulaye Diouf Sall confirmed that she died on 1 April. Lawyer Abdou Daff told AFP that the midwives were charged “for failing to assist a person in danger”.

A healthcare workers’ union has embarked on a three-day strike over their detention.

 

News24 article – Six Senegalese midwives charged over pregnant woman's death (Open access)

 

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