HISTORY OF THE MAIN HOSPITAL OF DAKAR
the project for the construction of the hospital dates back to 1862 and work began in 1880 with the closure of Gorée hospital suspected of maintaining the epidemic risk following the tragic outbreak of yellow fever in 1878 that hit Goree and Dakar, then Rufisque and St. Louis, who had made 750 deaths.
Located on the Dakar peninsula, on the edge of Bernard Cove, the Hospital was inaugurated in August 1884. It included seven storey buildings with brick arches facing each other, three to three and was completed in 1897 by two two-storey housing buildings. An arcade gallery combines these two buildings with a facade facing the Governor’s Palace.
This first set of buildings constituting the central core of the hospital remains today and gives it all its charm.
From 1898, the Military Hospital expands. It is completed with annexes: kitchens, lingerie, chapel, morgue. With the yellow fever epidemic of 1900, new buildings were built to reinforce the Lazaret of the Quarantine of Cap Manuel and shelter the contagious ones. Housing for the Senegalese tirailleurs and nurses was also built between the hospital and Paul Doumer Street (where there is a now-century baobab tree) above the cornice. They still exist in the state under the name of “Married Camp”.
The second great architectural period is between 1922 and 1930 with the construction of four buildings in the pure colonial style:
The magnificent two-storey Maternity building in 192
The Pharmacy Supply Troops of the AOF raised a floor of ‘housing in 1923
Closing of the inner park with a two-storey cloister gallery connecting the central buildings and the
seven side buildings in 1927
The Ladies’ Pavilion (now Service Boufflers) in 1930
During the last period of French West Africa (A.O.F.), new infrastructures were realized, abandoning the colonial style and taking the turning point of modernity.
Located in the plateau district, near the administrative building, Aristide Le Dantec Hospital and the General Staff of the Armed Forces, the Dakar Main Hospital is a public health institution with a special status open to the public service. .
Through the wide range of specialties practiced and a high-performance technical platform (medical imaging, functional exploration center, laboratories, resuscitation, operating theater), the Principal Hospital of Dakar is able to ensure the reception of medical and surgical emergencies. It offers patients quality care in accordance with the tradition of hospitality and rigor of its staff.
The doctors in charge, or the carers authorized by them, will inform you of your state of health, the examinations and the treatments which will be proposed to you.
Your family may, on the other hand, unless you object, be informed of your state of health.
If your transfer to another department or institution is necessary, the doctor responsible for your treatment will give you the reasons and your family will be notified immediately. Any doctor designated by you can get the transmission of your entire file, and you can get some documents.
If you are transfused
You must be informed in writing by the doctors.
If you have not received this information, ask for it the day of your departure whatever the duration and the modalities of your stay, and this even if you do not think to have been transfused.
If you need a short-term scheduled surgery, you can have your blood taken from you later. This transfusion is called autologous.
If the amount of blood withdrawn is insufficient, you will be transfused with blood from other donors.
During your stay in the hospital, a doctor can suggest you to participate in a biomedical research on a drug, a product or a material (experimentation, test of the drug, the material), this in order to develop the scientific or medical knowledge. The law protects you in this case, and defines the conditions of this search.
No experimentation can be conducted without your agreement.
Your consent must always be asked. It must be collected in writing.
You are, of course, free to refuse to participate in the research or at any time to terminate your participation, without this decision affecting the care that will be given to you.
ADDRESS: 1, Avenue Nelson Mandéla – B.P. 3006 – DAKAR (Sénégal)