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  • Nigerien first lady launches dialysis centre at Niamey hospital
    22 january 2019 17:46:41
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's First Lady, Dr Malika Issoufou, Sponsor of the Association Nigérienne des dialysés et insuffisants rénnaux (ANIDIR), on Monday launched a hemodialysis unit at the Centre hospitalier universitaire (CHU) de Ladmordé in Niamey. Full text...

  • Over 13 million Ivorian children vaccinated against measles, rubella
    22 january 2019 17:20:22
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - Over 13 million children, aged between nine months and 14 years, were vaccinated against measles and rubella in 2018, thanks to the support of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to the Ivorian government, according to the annual report on the UN agency's activities. Full text...

  • Lassa haemorrhagic fever patients treated, discharged from hospital in Benin
    22 january 2019 15:39:16
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin has announced the recovery of all Lassa haemorrhagic fever patients registered since December 7. Full text...

  • Alumni association initiates free medical consultation for the elderly in Bamako
    22 january 2019 12:37:04
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 60 women and 30 elderly men in Bamako will, for two days from Tuesday, benefit from free gynecology and urology consultation at the initiative of Badalabougou High School Alumni Association, PANA learnt Tuesday from organisers of the event. Full text...

  • Cameroon set for another round of cholera vaccination in February
    22 january 2019 11:30:24
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon's Directorate for the fight against diseases, outbreaks and pandemics will next month launch a new round of vaccination against cholera, to respond to the epidemic declared last July in some regions of Cameroon. Full text...

  • NGO performs free cataract surgery in Burkina Faso
    22 january 2019 09:45:56
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - The International Islamic Organization for Relief, Health and Development, in collaboration with the Burkina Faso National Centre for the Fight against Blindness, is performing free cataract surgeries in the West African country from 14 January to 19 February. Full text...

  • Second international congress of dentistry kicks off in Tunis
    18 january 2019 21:31:18
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The Second International Congress of Dentistry takes off on Jan 19 -20, 2019,in the Tunisian city of Monastir,160 km south of the national capital. Full text...

  • 25% of Congolese and 2% of children affected by sickle cell disease
    16 january 2019 22:01:35
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congolese Minister of Health and Population Jacqueline Lydia Mikolole said on Wednesday in Brazzaville that 25% of the population and 2%of children are affected by sickle cell disease, public radio reported. Full text...

  • UNAIDS Director hails results in the fight against AIDS
    16 january 2019 21:24:50
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé on Thursday welcomed the results achieved in the fight against AIDS, calling on the international community, and African countries in particular, to step up efforts to mobilise against the epidemic. Full text...

  • International meeting on HIV treatment in children underway in Dakar
    16 january 2019 14:01:47
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - A three-day high-level meeting on the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and universal coverage of HIV testing and treatment in children in West and Central Africa began on Wednesday in Dakar, Senegal, to review the situation in the two sub-regions. Full text...

  • Togo health authorities declare passengers in contact with victim of lassa fever wanted
    15 january 2019 18:04:11
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo health authorities say they are looking for passengers on a public transport vehicle which also carried a girl who died on board, suspected of carrying the Lassa virus. Full text...

  • WHO says newly reported Ebola cases decline in eastern DR Congo
    11 january 2019 10:47:50
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) says there is a decline in newly reported Ebola cases in Beni, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC), which is the epicentre of the virus. Full text...

  • DR Congo's Ebola response resumes despite ‘risky environment’
    09 january 2019 05:53:14
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Despite a precarious security environment and continuing pockets of mistrust on the part of affected populations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported on Tuesday that all Ebola-affected areas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu Province are now accessible to health workers. Full text...

  • Benin records 7 cases of Lassa hemorrhagic fever
    08 january 2019 19:40:41
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin has recorded seven cases of Lassa hemorrhagic fever as of January 4, according to the Beninese Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Bamako launches free eye treatment camp in 2019
    08 january 2019 19:11:56
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - About 10,000 free consultations, 1,000 eye surgeries and 2,000 collective lenses will be offered to the public during the Free Eye Treatment camp 2019 in Burkina Faso, First Lady Aminata Kéita said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso medical doctor calls for action to curtail rise of youth smoking
    08 january 2019 10:18:17
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A senior medical officer in Burkina Faso has called for measures to curtail the rising trend of youth who are smoking in the West African country. Full text...

  • Lassa haemorrhagic fever detected in northern Togo
    05 january 2019 12:16:12
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo's health authorities have detected and confirmed a case of Lassa haemorrhagic fever in Doufelgou prefecture in the northeastern part of the country, according to a statement issued Saturday by Health and Social Welfare minister Mustafa Mijiyawa. Full text...

  • Mali abandons moves to introduce sex education in schools
    04 january 2019 12:51:49
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - The Malian government has abandoned a programme to introduce sex education in schools, the Minister of Religious Affairs and Worship, Thierno Amadou Omar Hass Diallo, said during a meeting on Thursday in Bamako with religious leaders including Muslims, Catholics and Protestants. Full text...

  • Uganda’s Ebola preparedness ‘will go a long way,’ says WHO chief
    03 january 2019 20:22:38
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - In the wake of an ongoing Ebola outbreak affecting the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), neighboring Uganda is implementing a series of preventative response measures to keep the deadly disease at bay, the UN World Health Organisation said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Fertility rate declines in Niger
    01 january 2019 11:40:10
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Fertility rate is declining in Niger, going down from 7.6 children to 6 children per woman, Nigerien president Mahamadou Issoufou said during his New Year's address to the nation on Monday evening. Full text...

  • On the first day of 2019, over 395,000 babies to be born worldwide: UNICEF
    01 january 2019 08:24:22
    New York, US (PANA) - As the calendar flips to 2019, about 395,072 babies will be born around the world, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday, adding that a quarter will be born in South Asia alone. Full text...

  • Cholera alert in Bujumbura and southern Burundi
    29 december 2018 17:10:54
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) - Some 46 cases of cholera are being treated in hospitals in Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi and Rumonge in the south of the country, a source close to the Ministry of Public Health said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Protesters vandalise DR Congo Ebola response centres in Beni and Butembo
    29 december 2018 16:59:55
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - Ebola response activities in Beni and Butembo in Democratic Republic of Congo, were again disrupted on Friday, following public protests against postponement of elections in this part of the country. Full text...

  • Consumer rights watchdog alerts Beninese on junk foods during holiday season
    25 december 2018 18:38:52
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A Beninese civil society organization devoted to protection of consumer rights, Consumer's Voice, has warned the public about the dangers of eating unhealthy foodstuff during the holiday season. Full text...

  • Researchers, producers and consumers discuss food toxins in Mali
    25 december 2018 17:50:53
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Researchers, producers and consumers have met in Bamako to share information on food-related hazards in Mali, on the occasion of the second scientific day of the National Agency of Food Safety. Full text...

  • Vision Institute steps up advocacy in Africa, Europe
    22 december 2018 14:49:14
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) -The Vision Impact Institute is expanding its vision advocacy efforts in Africa and Europe with the announcement of Eva Lazuka-Nicoulaud as Director for Europe and Africa, who will be based in Paris. Full text...

  • Exodus of Tunisian specialist doctors rises in 2018
    20 december 2018 18:31:16
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The number of specialist doctors leaving Tunisia for greener pastures overseas increased to 320 this year compared to 300 who left the country in 2017, Public Health minister Abderraouf Cherif said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Potential measles exposure detected at Rwanda's maximum security prison
    19 december 2018 20:04:02
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - A potential exposure of measles is being investigated at Rwanda's largest maximum security prison located at Mageragere a suburb of Kigali, where by 50 cases have been detected so far, an authoritative source confirmed Wednesday. Full text...

  • France to support Congolese Foundation for Medical Research
    19 december 2018 11:11:31
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Ambassador of France in Brazzaville, Bertrand Cochery, says his country will consolidate its cooperation with Congo in the areas of medical research, higher education, development and environment. Full text...

  • Rwanda starts "quick response" HIV testing of the elderly
    18 december 2018 19:18:11
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's health authorities on Tuesday launched a massive HIV testing and care campaign for the elderly, particularly in urban areas, through the assessment of different ongoing interventions in this East African country where national prevalence is estimated at 3% in the general population. Full text...

  • 21 South African teenagers die from botched circumcisions
    18 december 2018 17:04:19
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – South African authorities have confirmed that 21 initiatives have died this month in botched circumcision ceremonies, the majority in Eastern Cape province. Full text...

  • Ghana to host 13th International Conference on Pathogenetic HIV Treatment
    18 december 2018 16:28:25
    Abidjan, Côte d 'Ivoire (PANA) - The 13th edition of the International Conference on Pathogenesis-Based HIV Treatment and Resource-Based Preventive Research (INTEREST) will be held 14-17 May 2019 in Accra, Ghana, according to the organizing committee. Full text...

  • Senegal to eradicate polio 'in three or four years'
    18 december 2018 13:28:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal is on the road to completely eradicate polio in three or four years, the director of the prevention of diseases at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Mamadou Ndiaye, has told PANA. Full text...

  • Measles cases in Niger slump from 60,000 in 2004 to less than 1,500
    18 december 2018 12:33:38
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Cases of measles in Niger have slumped from 60,000 in 2004 to less than 1,500 today, Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou said on Monday in a message to the nation on the occasion of the National Day of Niger. Full text...

  • Pharmaceutical regulation authority to be created in Cote d'Ivoire
    13 december 2018 10:53:01
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government adopted on Wednesday during the meeting of the council of ministers a decree on the organization and functioning of the Ivorian Pharmaceutical Regulation Authority (AIRP). Full text...

  • Better care, stronger laws needed to save 30 million babies on the brink of death - Report
    13 december 2018 04:53:54
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 30 million babies are born too soon, too small or become sick, requiring specialised care to survive beyond the first month of life, according to a new report by a global coalition that includes the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • UN pushes for universal health care on International Day
    12 december 2018 22:29:48
    New York, US (PANA) - Universal health care for all, leaving no one behind, by 2030: that’s the call going out on International Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, which this year fell on Wednesday. Full text...

  • At least 100 maternal deaths reported in first half of 2018 in Burkina Faso
    12 december 2018 12:18:08
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 100 maternal deaths were reported in the first half of 2018 in Burkina Faso, Amnesty International reported in its 2017/2018 report on the human rights situation in the country. Full text...

  • HIV prevalence in Cameroon down since 2011
    11 december 2018 13:49:58
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The prevalence of HIV-AIDS in Cameroon went down from 4.3 percent to 3.4 percent since 2011, according to the latest Demographic and Health Survey. Full text...

  • 'Niger city recording 30 new HIV infections monthly in some groups'
    11 december 2018 11:39:59
    Maradi, Niger (PANA) - There are 30 new HIV infections per month in some groups particularly sex workers and homosexuals in Maradi, Niger's economic capital, says the regional coordinator of the intersectoral unit for the fight against HIV/AIDS in the region, Dr. Ali Soumana. Full text...

  • Suspected case of Lassa fever reported in Benin
    11 december 2018 10:07:37
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - A case of suspected Lassa haemorrhagic fever has been reported in northeast Benin, according to a statement signed by the Benin health minister, Professor Benjamin Hounkpatin. Full text...

  • WHO holds global health management planning conference in Kenya
    10 december 2018 17:14:19
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has welcomed the pending launch of a universal healthcare programme in Kenya, which aims to enroll every citizen into a state-funded insurance cover. Full text...

  • Libya adopts five-year reproductive health strategic plan
    10 december 2018 11:35:22
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Health minister of the Libyan government of national accord recognised by the international community, Omar Bechir al-Taher, has adopted a strategic plan for reproductive health and mother, new-born, child and teenager health in Libya (2019-2023), developed with the collaboration of several UN specialised agencies. Full text...

  • Niger launches national nutrition policy
    08 december 2018 14:54:53
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – Niger’s national nutritional security policy for the period 2017-2025, launched on Saturday, will contribute to the country’s socio-economic development, by strengthening human capital and reducing mortality rates as well as the cost of healthcare. Full text...

  • UNICEF launches national immunization campaign in Libya
    08 december 2018 12:53:56
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Saturday launched a one-week national immunization campaign in Libya, with the aim to immunize about 2,750,000 children, aged under 15 years, against measles, rubella and polio. Full text...

  • A million lives could be saved by 2050 through climate action, WHO says
    05 december 2018 22:39:26
    Katowice, Poland (PANA) - Taking bold climate action now, could help save a million lives and a lot of money by the middle of the century, said the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, launching a special report as part of the ongoing COP24 climate conference in Katowice, Poland. Full text...

  • Rotary International grants 530 million CFA Francs to Mali to eradicate polio
    04 december 2018 16:42:52
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Rotary International, through the World Health Organization (WHO), has granted 530 million CFA Francs to Mali towards the eradication of polio in the country. Full text...

  • UN agriculture chief urges ‘transformative changes’ to how we eat
    04 december 2018 04:29:26
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Obesity affects millions of people, and several billion suffer from diseases caused by vitamin- or mineral-deficient diets, known as micronutrient deficiencies, according to the UN agriculture chief, who has called for “transformative changes” to our food systems. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso HIV/AIDS expert lauds quality of treatment of patients
    02 december 2018 17:54:24
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - Dr. Didier Bakouan, a member of the national committee to combat HIV/AIDS in Burkina Faso, has lauded the quality of treatment of the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Mauritius initiates HIV testing through caravans
    01 december 2018 07:52:13
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Ministry has initiated HIV testing through caravans moving across the island to reach a maximum number of persons, PANA learnt from official sources in the Mauritian capital on Saturday. Full text...

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