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The Death of 11 Babies prompts resignation of health minister

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The Tunisian Health Minister Abderraouf Cherif has resigned following the deaths of 11 newborn babies at a hospital in the capital, Tunis.

Evidence suggested the Babies died from septic shock between 7-8 March.

Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said investigations have been launched into the incidence,and on state-run facility’s medical, pharmaceutical and hygiene practices.

This Development  contributed to Mr Cherif’s resignation,  just four months after his appointment.

In a Facebook post, Tunisia’s paediatrics society said the infection may have been caused by an intravenous product.

The group also criticised “precarious conditions in which health professionals work”.

Tunisia’s public healthcare had a reputation as one of the best in North Africa, and medical tourism is a source of considerable revenue for the country.

But since the overthrow of former President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, the system has been hampered by mismanagement and financial problems,  drug shortages, and outright negligence.

The families of the Babies are apprehensive and have been thrown into mourning following the Baby death.

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