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  • UN: WHO predicts 10,000 new Ebola cases
    15 october 2014 08:24:40
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting 10,000 new cases per week of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the three Ebola-affected countries in West Africa. Full text...

  • Guinea: New rural radio stations to fight Ebola in Guinea
    14 october 2014 20:51:36
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Four new rural radio stations will be set up shortly in Guinea by the coordinating committee for the Ebola response to effectively fight the deadly Ebola disease that broke out in the country last January. Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. seeks private sector involvement in fight against Ebola
    14 october 2014 16:32:06
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The government in Congo is rallying the local private sector to back its ongoing efforts to prevent the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which continues to kill people in West Africa, according to a statement issued here Tuesday by the health ministry at a fund raising meeting for the same purpose. Full text...

  • Belgium: Suspected Ebola case reported in Belgium
    14 october 2014 12:12:38
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - A traveller from Guinea who is suspected to be affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been placed in a special unit of St. Pierre hospital in Brussels, the Belgian capital, PANA learned from official sources Tuesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Mauritius deports AU official for visiting Ebola-affected West Africa
    14 october 2014 12:00:29
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - An African Union (AU) official has filed a complaint against Mauritius for harassment and deportation, following his ordeal during a recent trip to Port Louis, the Mauritian capital, PANA reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: Strong community involvement key to defeating Ebola – UN official
    13 october 2014 22:11:43
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Development Programme (UNDP) Assistant Administrator, Mr. Magdy Martínez-Soliman says community engagement and activism are critical in Sierra Leone’s ongoing battle against the spread of Ebola. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Community Ebola care units established to widen care
    13 october 2014 13:17:46
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - As the Ebola virus disease outbreak in Sierra Leone continues to accelerate, community Ebola care units are being established in the worst-hit areas of the country to shorten waiting times and provide care closer to home, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in the country. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenyan passenger dies on arrival from S. Sudan, tests negative for Ebola
    12 october 2014 16:46:29
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan health authorities eased after a female passenger, who collapsed and later died at an airport treatment facility, tested negative for Ebola and Marburg, PANA reported quoting the authorities. Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS develops crisis communication, community mobilisation strategies on Ebola
    12 october 2014 13:53:51
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional experts in crisis communication and community mobilization have validated harmonized messages to be rolled out with strategic tools to engender massive community participation towards strengthening national and regional responses to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has claimed more than 4,000 lives from the more than 8,000 cases reported in the ECOWAS region. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Affected West African countries working on post-Ebola recovery plan
    12 october 2014 12:20:07
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The three countries worst hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa are working on a post-Ebola recovery plan, Sierra Leone Finance Minister Kaifala Marah has said. Full text...

  • Tanzania: IMF chief calls for decisive action to halt Ebola epidemic in West Africa
    11 october 2014 08:17:10
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The international community should recognise that it should act decisively and urgently to stop the Ebola epidemic in West African countries, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde said on Friday during her meeting with President Alpha Condé of Guinea at the Fund's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Full text...

  • UN: UN marks Mental Health Day; calls for improved care for schizophrenia
    10 october 2014 22:14:18
    New York, US (PANA) - Suffering from schizophrenia should not have to mean enduring "a life sentence of isolation and poor physical health," UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday as he urged the creation of better support networks and services for people living with the mental health disorder. Full text...

  • UN: UN officials stress more efforts to battle Ebola virus
    10 october 2014 20:56:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Senior UN officials on Friday warned that the Ebola outbreak is "far ahead" of the global response as it is moving from a local to an international crisis requiring all countries to scale up efforts and financial commitments to bring an end to the scourge. Full text...

  • Uganda: Ebola-like disease, Marburg, breaks out in Uganda
    10 october 2014 12:16:45
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday announced the outbreak of the Marburg Virus Disease (MVD) in Kampala, Uganda. Full text...

  • Zambia: Civil society expresses concern about President Sata’s wellbeing
    10 october 2014 09:13:18
    Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) - The Zambian government is coming under pressure following concerns about President Michael Sata’s state of health, with civil society organisations (CSOs) expressing great concern about the wellbeing of the President who has not been seen in public for some time. Full text...

  • UN: Ebola crisis affects every aspect of lives in Guinea - UN warns
    09 october 2014 22:23:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Urgent support is needed to avert an "economic meltdown" in Guinea, Full text...

  • UN: Ban urges international community to ramp up Ebola response
    09 october 2014 17:31:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The international community must step up its response to the Ebola Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU wants drug possession offences lifted to lessen health risks
    09 october 2014 15:37:44
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has proposed the lifting of offences associated with the possession of banned narcotic drugs and the strengthening of measures against traffickers to help deal with the health consequences of drug abuse. Full text...

  • Switzerland: No respite as Ebola deaths close in on 4,000-mark
    09 october 2014 13:34:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ebola deaths in West Africa have moved closer to the 4,000 mark as the situation continues to deteriorate despite efforts to contain it, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Tunisia: World Bank predicts Africa will lose US$ 32.6b to Ebola in 2015
    09 october 2014 12:42:06
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - The World Bank has predicted that Africa will lose an estimated US$ 32.6 billion in 2015 because of the Ebola epidemic, "if efforts are not made to contain the disease in the affected countries in West Africa -- Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Rwanda: UK troops set to build 4 Ebola treatment facilities in Sierra Leone
    08 october 2014 21:59:05
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - At least 100 members of the British military medical team are preparing to provide a 700-bed treatment unit in Sierra Leone where they will also build at least 4 new Ebola treatment facilities near urban centres. Full text...

  • US: First Ebola patient in US dies Wednesday
    08 october 2014 18:13:31
    New York, US (PANA) - Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian patient with the first case of Ebola Full text...

  • Belgium: EU plans massive airlift of materials in fight against Ebola in West Africa
    08 october 2014 12:23:15
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - The European Union (EU) will organize a massive airlift of materials to help countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, according to a statement issued here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: UN budget committee approves funding for Ebola response mission
    07 october 2014 18:20:48
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN committee dealing with administrative and budgetary issues, Tuesday adopted a resolution allocating funding for the newly established UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and the Office of the UN Special Envoy on Ebola, PANA reports from here. Full text...

  • AU officials visit Ebola-hit West African states
    07 october 2014 16:36:58
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union Commission's top official in-charge of the Ebola response in West Africa, Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, has is visiting countries hit by the disease to speed up the removal of barriers to relief aid. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ebola deaths continue to climb, hits 3431
    04 october 2014 13:12:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of deaths recorded from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ravaging parts of West Africa has continued to rise, with the latest update by the World Health Organization (WHO) putting the number of deaths at 3431 from 7470 cases. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Civil society concerned about Ebola threat in DRC
    04 october 2014 10:57:17
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) – Chairman of the civil society in DR Congo's province of Equator Fabien Munguza has said the threat posed by the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is real because it is difficult to control the movement of people in this province, including Djera where the disease is rampant. Full text...

  • UN: UN alerts on Ebola humanitarian response funding gap
    03 october 2014 22:28:07
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Friday said funding for the Ebola international response is lagging, with only 26 per cent of the US$988 million needed having been received thus far. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ebola is not an airborne disease - UNMEER
    03 october 2014 21:03:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) on Friday stated that the dreaded Ebola is not an airborne disease. Full text...

  • UN: UN Ebola mission begins work with visits to Liberia, Sierra Leone
    03 october 2014 17:45:49
    New York, US (PANA) - Despite "good results" in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, much still remains to be done in order to extinguish the threat posed by the disease, the Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Anthony Banbury has said. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Government, Opposition tango over Ebola success story (News Analysis by Segun Adeyemi, PANA Correspondent, Lagos)
    03 october 2014 15:09:16
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ravaging parts of West Africa has become a hot-button political issue in Nigeria, where the Federal Government and the opposition are both claiming credit for the successful management of the disease in Africa's most populous nation. Full text...

  • Mauritius: International Diabetes Summit opens in Mauritius
    03 october 2014 10:06:17
    Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius (PANA) - Diabetes is now regarded as a major public health threat worldwide and it is associated with tremendous human, social and economic impacts, with some 382 million people around the world suffering from the disease, according to Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo. Full text...

  • Senegal: Oxfam increases aid to Ebola-hit countries
    03 october 2014 09:46:01
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The international organisation Oxfam plans to increase its prevention programme against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Sierra Leone and needs at least 10 million pounds sterling to help the 2.5 million people who are at risk of infection, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Tanzania: WHO holds consultation on experimental Ebola vaccines
    01 october 2014 19:12:54
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - More than 70 experts who took part in a World Health Organisation consultation on clinical trials of possible Ebola vaccines have agreed to have a fully tested and licensed product that can be scaled up for use in mass vaccination campaigns. Full text...

  • Ghana: Experts devise strategy to address info gap in Ebola response
    01 october 2014 10:55:30
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Regional and international communication experts have developed clear and harmonised messages to address the information gap in national and regional responses to the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which has claimed more than 3,000 lives from over 6,000 cases reported in the ECOWAS region, the ECOWAS Commission said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: High alert as first case of Ebola is diagnosed in US
    01 october 2014 08:07:05
    New York, US (PANA) - Following Tuesday's diagnosis of the first case of Ebola in the US, the authorities in the city of Dallas have activated their Emergency Operations Centre in the city to level 2, which means high readiness, PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ghana: UNMEER outlines programme to fight Ebola
    30 september 2014 17:43:43
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) on Tuesday outlined an "ambitious programme" to halt the ravaging Ebola virus disease warning that, without a robust international commitment and response, the world would be engulfed by the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: China, Nigeria sign MOU on Ebola
    30 september 2014 15:49:11
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – China and Nigeria Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), under which Nigeria will receive 10 million Yuan towards the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Congo: China offers Congo 400 million FCFA to prevent EVD
    30 september 2014 13:54:13
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – China will donate 400 million FCFA to the Congolese government to enable the African country respond appropriately to the threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Ghana: Togo sends blood samples to Ghana for Ebola test
    30 september 2014 11:50:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Togo has been using the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, to test blood samples taken from suspected Ebola patients, a research fellow at the medical facility said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Togo: China offers Togo 420m FCFA to prevent Ebola
    30 september 2014 07:35:57
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - China has signed a financial aid agreement worth 420 million FCFA (US$800,000) with Togo to help the West African country to prevent the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), PANA learnt from official sources in the Togolese capital. Full text...

  • UN: Sierra Leone, Liberia task UN on stronger Ebola response
    30 september 2014 07:18:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Leaders from Sierra Leone and Liberia, the two countries, along with Guinea, at the epicentre of the battle against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, have urged the UN General Assembly to ensure the world body mounts a stronger and better coordinated response "to end this grave threat to our collective survival". Full text...

  • UN: Head of Ebola response mission arrives in Accra
    29 september 2014 22:11:33
    New York, US (PANA) - Mr. Anthony Banbury, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), on Monday arrived in Accra, Ghana. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Cardiovascular diseases on the decline in Mauritius
    29 september 2014 17:57:50
    Grand Bay, Mauritius (PANA) - Deaths due to heart disease in Mauritius have proportionally decreased from 22.8% in 2005 to 17.7 % in 2013 but heart disease remains one of the leading causes of admission to hospitals, according to Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says reduction in salt intake prevents heart diseases
    29 september 2014 17:31:54
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday urged governments and people around the world to take action to reduce the intake of salt. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Death toll from Ebola hits 42 in DRC
    28 september 2014 09:59:45
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The death toll from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has risen to 42 from 70 cases, according to the latest update by the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • US: US hails Cote d'Ivoire for reinstating air travel to Ebola-hit countries
    28 september 2014 09:38:55
    Washington, DC, US (PANA) - The United States has commended Cote d'Ivoire for reinstating air travel to Ebola-affected countries, in line with the recommendations by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Air Travel Association (IATA). Full text...

  • Ghana: ECOWAS ministerial group wants regional security forces to bolster Ebola fight
    27 september 2014 14:59:23
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The ECOWAS Coordinating Ministerial Group for the implementation of the Regional Operational Plan on the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has called for an urgent mobilization of the Armed and Security Forces of Member States to strengthen the regional response and interventions against the disease. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU donates extra 50 million euros to fight Ebola
    26 september 2014 21:12:31
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has released an extra amount of 50 million euros to help countries affected by the deadly Ebola virus disease in West Africa. Full text...

  • US: IMF approves US$130 million to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone for Ebola response
    26 september 2014 17:35:30
    New York, US (PANA) - The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved an emergency financial assistance to Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone totaling US$130 million to help respond to the Ebola outbreak. Full text...

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