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  • Union holds sensitization programme on cancer for Media stakeholders in Mauritania
    15 february 2019 22:16:02
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - The local branch of the Francophone Press Union (UPF) of Mauritania, in collaboration with the Ministries of Health and Culture, on Friday organized a one-day sensitization and mobilization programme against cancer for media stakeholders, PANA reported from Nouakchott. Full text...

  • WHO: Ebola outbreak continuing with 'moderate intensity' in eastern DR Congo
    15 february 2019 13:05:17
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is continuing with "moderate intensity" with 97 new cases reported in the last 21 days, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Partners seek US$148m for final assault on Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in DRC
    15 february 2019 13:00:51
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - In a bid to bring the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo to an end through strategies outlined in the newly launched Strategic Response Plan 3 (SRP3), the Ministry of Health, World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners have appealed for US$ 148 million. Full text...

  • 'No new case of Lassa fever in Guinea'
    15 february 2019 12:25:59
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - No new suspected case of Lassa fever has been reported in Guinea where people being monitored have not shown any worrying signs, the Director of the National Agency of Health Security (ANSS), Dr. Sakoba Kéïta, has said. Full text...

  • Niger authorities launch project to fight malnutrition
    15 february 2019 12:08:47
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Niger authorities on Friday launched a project for appropriate solutions to malnutrition whose effects on children’s growth are irreversible. Full text...

  • Cholera, measles hit southeastern DRC
    14 february 2019 20:26:47
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Cholera and measles, two epidemics that broke out in several provinces of DR Congo since August 2018, have spread to other regions in early this year, Matthias Gillman, interim spokesperson for the UN mission for DR Congo stabilisation (MONUSCO), said in a statement he sent to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • African leaders launch new private-sector led health coalition
    14 february 2019 19:55:40
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African leaders have joined key private-sector players to launch a new health coalition on the sidelines of the just-concluded African Union (AU) Summit. Full text...

  • Three African scientists appointed members of WHO advisory committee on human genome editing
    14 february 2019 16:16:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Three African scientists have been appointed members of the WHO advisory Committee on Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, an official statement made available to PANA in Kigali Thursday said. Full text...

  • U.S. launches $40 million programme to support Ethiopia’s universal health coverage goal
    14 february 2019 15:44:16
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The United States Embassy in Ethiopia on Thursday announced the launch of a five-year US$40 million Health Financing Improvement Programme to support Ethiopia’s capacity to provide quality affordable healthcare for citizens across the country. Full text...

  • US unveils new health financing scheme for Ethiopia
    14 february 2019 09:51:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - The United States has launched a new US$40 million Health Financing Improvement Programme to invest in expanding Ethiopia’s capacity to provide affordable healthcare to citizens. Full text...

  • Cancer is 3rd cause of death in Mauritius - Health minister
    14 february 2019 07:49:55
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Cancer is the third cause of death in Mauritius with 1,366 deaths in 2017 compared to 889 in 2005. Full text...

  • WHO Regional Director for Africa visits Algeria
    13 february 2019 20:50:33
    Algiers, Algeria (PANA) - The Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Africa, Matshidiso Moeti, on Wednesday embarked on a three-day official visit to Algeria to ''appreciate efforts made'' in the field of health. Full text...

  • Kenyatta orders striking nurses back to work
    13 february 2019 20:39:45
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday ordered striking nurses to report back to work by Friday or be sacked. Full text...

  • Latest Ebola virus outbreak kills 513 people in DR Congo
    13 february 2019 13:43:36
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – The Ebola virus epidemic that broke out six months ago in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 513 persons, a spokesperson for the UN Stabilisation Mission in DR Congo (MONUSCO), Matthias Gillman, said on Wednesday at a news briefing, quoting the World Health Organisation. Full text...

  • UN guidelines unveiled to prevent rising hearing loss among young smartphone listeners
    13 february 2019 05:41:56
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - More than one billion 12 to 35-year-olds, risk irreversible hearing loss from exposure to loud sounds such as music played on their smartphone, UN health experts warned on Tuesday, unveiling new guidelines to help address the problem. Full text...

  • Senegalese Health authorities say no case of Lassa fever reported in the country
    12 february 2019 20:02:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's health authorities have taken all necessary measures to prevent the outbreak of Lassa fever currently affecting five West African countries, PANA learned on Tuesday from the Senegalese Ministry of Health and Social Action. Full text...

  • WHO-ITU standard aims to prevent hearing loss in low- and middle-income countries
    12 february 2019 15:38:51
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss impacting on their quality of life especially in low- and middle-income countries in sub-Saharan Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Despite laudable efforts by government, health problems persist in Guinea (By Aly Coulibaly, PANA Correspondent)
    12 february 2019 14:37:01
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – The virulent spread of the Ebola virus disease took specialists by surprise as it wiped out thousands of lives in Guinea in 2014. Full text...

  • WHO reports Lassa fever outbreak in five West African countries
    12 february 2019 12:42:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Lassa fever is presently reported in five West African countries, according to a statement issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and made available to PANA in Dakar on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Botswana winning fight against HIV/AIDS and TB (Feature by Meekaeel Siphambili, PANA correspondent)
    12 february 2019 11:18:12
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The fight against diseases in Botswana has not only been with malaria but also all diseases especially Tuberculosis (TB) and HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Burkina schools affected by drug consumption
    12 february 2019 11:03:39
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - In Burkina Faso, like other countries of the West Africa sub-region, drug abuse is presented as "polytoxicomania" and affects the education sector. Full text...

  • Almost 30 tonnes of illicit drugs seized in Burkina Faso
    12 february 2019 10:11:52
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - A police operation conducted at the end of last month against illicit drugs in Burkina Faso led to the identification and dismantling of drug trafficking zones and networks, the ministry of health has said Full text...

  • Nurses' strike in 10 Kenyan counties paralyses health services
    11 february 2019 12:09:11
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Health services in at least 10 counties have been paralysed following an ongoing nurses’ strike which started last week over payment of delayed allowances. Full text...

  • Burkina president urges African leaders to fight against FGMs
    11 february 2019 11:56:48
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – Burkina Faso president Roch Marc Christian Kaboré on Monday urged African leaders to fight against female genital mutilation (FGM) at a meeting highlighting the scourge on the sidelines of the 32nd African Union (AU) ordinary summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Full text...

  • Kenyatta calls for enhanced private sector role in healthcare services in Africa
    09 february 2019 19:45:52
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday called for increased partnerships between national governments and the private sector in the provision of health services in Africa. Full text...

  • WHO says 119 new cases of Ebola reported in Eastern DR Congo
    08 february 2019 11:02:18
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Despite encouraging signs, some 119 new cases of Ebola virus disease were reported across several parts in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in recent weeks, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement made available on Friday to PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Rwanda's maximum security prison quarantines inmates affected by measles
    06 february 2019 16:47:38
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The Rwanda Correctional Services (RCS) has decided to quarantine inmates infected by measles and restrict visits by relatives at Rwanda's largest maximum security prison located at Mageragere, a suburb of Kigali, a statement issued here Wednesday said. Full text...

  • Niger launches campaign for free screening of gynaecological cancers
    05 february 2019 17:10:27
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger's First Lady Dr. Lala Malika Issoufou Tuesday launched a free screening of gynaecological cancer as part of celebrations to mark International Cancer Control Day. Full text...

  • Six killed, 35 injured in attacks on health facilities in Libya in 2018, 2019 -WHO
    04 february 2019 23:20:36
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - Six health workers and patients were killed and 35 others, including 25 health professionals, were injured in attacks on health facilities in Libya between 2018 and 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda attains 93 pct coverage in Immunization of young girls against HPV - official
    04 february 2019 17:21:29
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – Rwanda attained 93 percent coverage in immunization of young girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV) by 2018, leading to a significant decrease in incidence of cervical cancer, an authoritative source revealed Monday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Over 1,300 succumb to cancer in Mauritius
    04 february 2019 15:22:12
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – A total of 1,371 people died of cancer in Mauritius in 2018, PANA learnt from the Health ministry on Monday as nations marked World Cancer Day. Full text...

  • Men's role crucial in national breast cancer campaign in Rwanda - Minister
    03 february 2019 14:15:22
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Although breast cancer is usually seen as a woman’s disease, men have also a key role to play in early detection and using self breast examination for their wives, the Rwandan Minister of Health, Diane Gashumba, said Sunday as the country joined the rest of the World in observing the World Cancer Day. Full text...

  • World Cancer Day observed in Rwanda
    03 february 2019 12:52:31
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Hundreds of people took to streets of the capital Kigali on Sunday, in a sports event combined with events aimed to raise awareness and help in the prevention of the Cancer and support of patients. Full text...

  • WHO donates equipment to Benghazi Paediatric Hospital
    02 february 2019 13:00:30
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has donated six incubators and a respiratory assistance device to Benghazi Paediatric Hospital in Libya's second largest city, the UN agency said in a press statement. Full text...

  • Guinea plans to defeat HIV/AIDS by 2030
    01 february 2019 21:31:19
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinea's Prime Minister, Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, said on Friday that Conakry's ambition is to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030. Full text...

  • WHO scales up Lassa fever response in affected Nigerian states
    01 february 2019 15:43:12
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday it is scaling up response to the Lassa fever outbreaks in states across Nigeria to strengthen rapid containment of the disease. Full text...

  • Five die from bird flu in Morocco
    31 january 2019 22:01:25
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  • The Malian Ministry of Health denies presence of plastics in chips
    31 january 2019 21:38:33
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  • Efforts underway to raise cancer awareness in Botswana
    31 january 2019 17:26:43
    Gaborone, Botswana: (PANA) The Cancer Association of Botswana, reportedly failing due to lack of funds, is now looking at broadening its scope on cancer awareness by reaching more people countrywide and sensitizing the general public on the dangers of the disease. Full text...

  • At least 25 people 'probably' dead from meningitis or Lassa fever in Burkina Faso
    30 january 2019 22:40:34
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) - At least 25 people have died in the villages of Kpégnanfoanou and Boguel, in the eastern province of Tapoa, on the border with Benin, the government has confirmed and said the cause of death could be meningitis or Lassa fever. Full text...

  • Global Funds provides $29 million for fight against tuberculosis in Nigeria
    30 january 2019 21:47:54
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) on Wednesday said that the Global Funds has provided $29 million grant to help fight Tuberculosis (TB) in the country. Full text...

  • Kenyan national hospital re-attaches severed male organ in medical breakthrough
    30 january 2019 14:42:57
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Medical doctors in Kenya have successfully re-attached a male reproductive organ, making a new milestone for doctors in the East African region. Full text...

  • Congo requested to host HIV/AIDS financing summit
    30 january 2019 09:50:18
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Pan-African Parliament is appealing to the Republic of Congo to host April's HIV/AIDS financing summit, Congolese public radio reported on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Rwanda strengthens efforts in prevention against Hepatitis C
    29 january 2019 16:43:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The Rwandan government has approved the implementation of a strategic national expanded hepatitis C prevention programme, PANA learned Tuesday from official sources. Full text...

  • High blood pressure, a serious public health concern in Guinea
    29 january 2019 14:59:33
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Health authorities are repeatedly sounding the alarm in Guinea where they consider that non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes and especially high blood pressure, are currently causing more damage than malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • No Ebola virus cases recorded in Mali - health minister
    29 january 2019 13:56:16
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - There is no basis for reports of Ebola cases in some localities in Mali, the country's Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Prof. Samba Sow, said after an emergency meeting in Bamako on Monday. Full text...

  • Rwanda refutes reports on Ebola spreading across DR Congo border
    29 january 2019 13:46:32
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Rwanda's health ministry on Tuesday refuted reports of a cross-border spread of the Ebola Virus Disease from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and emphasised it has intensified preparedness and response activities against the deadly virus. Full text...

  • Health sciences university opens permanent campus in rural Rwanda
    28 january 2019 11:43:34
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Amid a growing number of global health crises—from Ebola to rapidly rising cancer rates—and a shortage of health professionals disproportionately affecting the world’s poorest, Rwanda has opened a first ever health sciences university that is seeking to provide an "equitable health system" that benefits communities in most need. Full text...

  • WHO deploys 4 medical teams in response to urgent needs of displaced Libyans
    28 january 2019 09:48:21
    Tripoli, Libya(PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has deployed 4 specialised medical teams in some Libyan cities in response to the urgent needs of Libyans displaced during armed clashes in the country, plagued by insecurity since the Revolution of 17 February, 2011. Full text...

  • WHO concerned about increase of new Ebola cases in eastern DR Congo
    26 january 2019 14:46:03
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that health workers have continued to face challenges in the containment and control of the Ebola virus disease outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Full text...

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