The regional health division denied Polisario’s allegations on the death of 9 newborns as well as allegations published by pro-Polisario news outlets.
Rabat – The regional health division of Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra, in southern Morocco, has denied allegations from pro-Polisario news outlet FuturoSahara, claiming nine newborns died in the Moulay El Hassan Ben El Mehdi regional hospital center.
The health division said in a statement that “this false and baseless information seeking to undermine the reputation of the health sector and its employees in the Laayoune province.”
The department added that “no case of death was reported” and threatened to “sue people involved in spreading this erroneous information to stop such shameful actions.”
The pro-Polisario news outlet claimed that when “Moroccan doctors announced their death, the professionals explained that all the nine babies consumed amniotic fluid,” which is rare but does harm infants, often leading to choking.
It also claimed that Sahrawi families, or families from the region, condemned the death of their babies, accusing the health division of “intentionally killing” people, saying that “it’s not the first time.”
The department emphasized that the number of births in the delivery ward exceeds 18 babies per day, including 8 to 10 babies born via c-section.