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  • Low polio vaccination rate in Congo
    18 august 2003 21:29:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Poliomyelitis vaccination coverage is very low in parts of Congo, notably Likouala (north) and Pool (south) because of financial problems and difficult access, Health department officials conceded here Monday. Full text...

  • UNFPA boss loses adopted Nigerian child
    18 august 2003 15:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The adopted Nigerian daughter of Thoraya Obaid, the executive director of UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has died, according to UNFPA officials in Nigeria. Full text...

  • Epidemics loom in flooded areas in Sudan
    18 august 2003 09:32:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Residents of Kassala city in eastern Sudan are facing health hazards after floods from Al-Gash river killed at least 14 people, destroyed hundreds of homes and schools, swept away electricity poles and forced the closure of the city's only hospital. Full text...

  • Kenya government moves to avert health crisis
    17 august 2003 11:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Faced with a decline in the number of medics, the government in Kenya has hinted of plans to employ 500 new doctors to avert what Health minister Charity Ngilu admitted was a looming crisis in the health sector. Full text...

  • UNFPA official ends visit to Nigeria
    15 august 2003 16:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The deputy executive director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Imelda Henkin, ended her weeklong visit to Nigeria Friday urging the media to give reproductive health and advocacy priority attention with the aim to make population activities succeed in the country. Full text...

  • Angola plans new anti-AIDS strategy
    14 august 2003 14:19:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan government plans a four-year anti-AIDS strategy that would cost the country some 175 million US dollars, head of the National AIDS Programme, Dulcelina Serrano, said in Luanda. Full text...

  • US hospital to separate Nigerian conjoined twins free
    14 august 2003 12:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, US, has agreed to separate the Siamese twins delivered in Nigeria's economic capital of Lagos 16 July free of charge, the local press reported Thursday The report quoted Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro, as saying the hospital's chief executive officer, Paul Colombani, conveyed the decision to the government in a letter. Full text...

  • Cholera claims 12 new victims in DR Congo's Mbuji-Mayi
    13 august 2003 20:15:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Twelve new deaths from cholera have been reported in Mbuji-Mayi, administrative centre of eastern Kasai, where this disease is raging, sources at the health ministry here disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville plans 2 AIDS screening centres
    13 august 2003 14:20:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Two HIV/AIDS screening centres are being built in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, Health Ministry sources said. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville launches anti-polio vaccination campaign
    13 august 2003 07:15:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in Congo Brazzaville have launched a vaccination campaign against polio throughout the country, targeting more than 780,000 children under age five. Full text...

  • Japan donates anti-malaria drugs to Niger
    12 august 2003 22:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Japan has donated a consignment of medicines and equipment worth 350 million FCFA to fight malaria in the West African nation of Niger, an official source revealed here Tuesday. Full text...

  • ICRC trains more traditional midwives in Burundi
    12 august 2003 18:35:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it plans to intensify the training of traditional midwives in Burundi. Full text...

  • South African opposition urges measures to curb AIDS deaths
    12 august 2003 13:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Independent Democrats (ID) have welcomed the statement of intent issued by government to roll out anti-retroviral drugs through the public health system. Full text...

  • UNICEF takes urgent action to combat malaria epidemic in Ethiopia
    12 august 2003 12:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A consignment of anti-malaria drugs worth 740,000 US dollars is due for delivery here this week as part of the urgent action taken by UNICEF to combat a malaria epidemic in Ethiopia, the UN agency announced Tuesday. Full text...

  • Cape Verde holds malaria prevention day
    12 august 2003 09:03:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A day of reflection on malaria, focusing on enhanced vigilance and prevention of the disease in Cape Verde was held last week in Praia with the participation of various personalities from the health sector. Full text...

  • WHO to assist Ethiopia in fighting malaria epidemic
    11 august 2003 18:10:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- With severe acute malnutrition cases rising in Ethiopia, now the near epidemic of malaria is another bad news for the impoverished country and its partners. Full text...

  • PLWA slams Nigeria on HIV/AIDS
    11 august 2003 13:42:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigeria joined other countries in commemorating World Youth Day at the weekend, a Nigerian youth living with HIV/AIDS, Edward Ogenyi indicted the country for not doing enough to curb the spread of pandemic. Full text...

  • NGO challenges South Africa to produce ARV for Africa
    11 august 2003 13:07:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- French NGO Act Up-Paris called Monday for South Africa to manufacture antiretrovirals (ARV) for the whole of the African continent to fight HIV/AIDS, insisting the South African pharmaceutical industry had the means to do so. Full text...

  • DA opposes South African health minister to head HIV/AIDS plan
    10 august 2003 16:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's main opposition party -- the Democratic Alliance -- has expressed strong opposition to placing Health Minister Manto Tshabalala- Msimang in charge of the new government plan on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • S. African opposition leader wins HIV/AIDS Activist Award
    10 august 2003 14:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the South Africa's Independent Democrats, Patricia de Lille, has received the HIV/AIDS Activist Award at a gala function in Toronto, Canada, for her work in serving the interest of persons infected with the disease. Full text...

  • ICRC trains Ethiopians on Prosthetics
    09 august 2003 16:53:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Ethiopian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MOLSA) have launched an 18-month training for 21 students aspiring to become internationally recognised Prosthetists and Orthotists. Full text...

  • Boesak calls on S. African govt to give patients anti-AIDS drugs
    09 august 2003 12:39:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former anti-apartheid activist and theologian, Allan Boesak, on Saturday added his voice to those of Anglican Archbishop Njongkulu Ndungane and other church leaders in calling on the government to immediately take steps to institute nation-wide anti-retroviral treatment programmes. Full text...

  • Pretoria wants detailed plan on anti-retroviral treatment
    08 august 2003 17:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African Health department has been directed to "urgently" develop a detailed operational plan on an anti-retroviral treatment programme for the country. Full text...

  • Cameroonian student nurse sentenced to death for spreading AIDS
    08 august 2003 17:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- An Nkongsamba High Court in Cameroon's Littoral province has sentenced to death a student nurse found guilty of inoculating the children of her ex- boyfriend with AIDS and Hepatitis B virus, the local press reported Friday. Full text...

  • After drought crisis: Malaria epidemic looms over Ethiopia
    08 august 2003 15:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A major epidemic of malaria is building up in Ethiopia and could break out in the next few weeks, the World Health Organisation warned Friday. Full text...

  • Opposition tells Mbeki to declare AIDS national emergency
    08 august 2003 10:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for AIDS to be declared a national emergency while insisting the immediate dismissal of Health Minister Mantao Tshabalala-Msimang. Full text...

  • Nigeria to release funds for donor-supported programmes
    07 august 2003 20:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is determined to release counterpart funds for all donor-programmes to speed their execution, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala promised Thursday in Abuja. Full text...

  • Mozambican minister urges trade unions to intensify AIDS fight
    07 august 2003 18:42:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Deputy Labour Minister Adelaide Amurane has urged trade unions in the country to show greater involvement in the fight against HIV/AIDS so as to boost economic productivity. Full text...

  • Badly deformed 6-year-old South African girl for surgery
    07 august 2003 17:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Six years old Katlego Modisane, born with multiple body defects, Thursday began the first of four reconstructive surgeries at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre of the Witwatersrand University here. Full text...

  • UN envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa ends Zambian visit
    07 august 2003 15:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Stephen Lewis, the UN Secretary General's special envoy on HIV/AIDS in Africa, ended his four-day Zambian visit Thursday, stressing the need for greater sensitisation to the highlight the devastation of the scourge. Full text...

  • African women to race in support of HIV/AIDS prevention
    07 august 2003 08:06:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An International Women's HIV/AIDS run is planned here on 20 September ahead of the 13th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA) scheduled 21-26 September, conference organisers said. Full text...

  • Malnutrition, a serious public health problem in DR Congo
    06 august 2003 21:07:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Malnutrition is a serious public health problem in DR Congo, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), in a poverty reduction strategy assessment document. Full text...

  • Mauritania plans anti-measles immunisation 11-20 August
    06 august 2003 19:19:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Health authorities in Mauritania plan a national anti-measles vaccination campaign for 11-20 August. Full text...

  • Pretoria wants advocates prove efficacy of AIDS drug
    06 august 2003 17:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As a heated debate rages over South Africa's Medicine Control Council (MCC) decision to consider withdrawing temporary approval for an anti-retroviral drug used to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child, government has challenged advocates to provide scientific information on the efficacy of Nevirapine. Full text...

  • Durban AIDS ribbon sets new record
    06 august 2003 16:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A giant AIDS Awareness ribbon unveiled to mark South Africa's National AIDS Conference in Durban has now taken the lead in the Guinness World Record as the "Largest Awareness Ribbon," according to organisers of the conference. Full text...

  • Pretoria slams archbishop over AIDS comments
    06 august 2003 11:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Department of Health in South Africa has reacted angrily to claims by Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane that the AIDS pandemic had become a world disgrace as serious as apartheid. Full text...

  • Fresh outbreak of mental illness in Rwanda
    05 august 2003 22:53:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's Ndera Mental Hospital, 20 km east of Kigali, has registered increasing cases of mental disorders over the past week due to the fear that the political situation might deteriorate following the 25 August presidential elections in Rwanda, hospital sources said. Full text...

  • Abidjan blood bank faces shortages
    05 august 2003 22:37:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The blood bank in Abidjan is facing a shortage despite the rise in the number of blood donors in the early days of the Ivorian crisis when long queues could be seen outside the National Blood Transfusion Centre (CNTS) in the political capital. Full text...

  • Conference on discrimination of HIV/AIDS sufferers underway
    05 august 2003 21:23:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A four-day Southern African conference on "Stigma and Discrimination" for sufferers of the HIV/AIDS got underway on Tuesday, with keynote speakers warning that Sub- Saharan Africa needed to mobilise the fight against the scourge from the grassroots. Full text...

  • Zambian leader pleads for HIV/AIDS global funds
    05 august 2003 21:11:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian president Levy Mwananwasa on Tuesday called on the administrators of the Global Fund for the fight against HIV/AIDS to urgently disburse the money, saying his government desperately needed it to tackle society's troubles. Full text...

  • American firm to manufacture AIDS test kit in Nigeria
    05 august 2003 19:33:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- American company, Comb Medical International Incorporated will soon begin the manufacture of an HIV/AIDS rapid test kit, "Efoora HIV" in Nigeria, according to Health Minister Eyitayo Lambo. Full text...

  • New WHO DG urges countries to sign anti-tobacco pact
    05 august 2003 15:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The new Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Jong-Wook Lee, has urged member countries to sign and ratify the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) adopted in May as quickly as possible to prevent further loss of lives from tobacco-related diseases. Full text...

  • EU lifts ban on beef imports from Botswana, Swaziland
    05 august 2003 11:37:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has lifted its ban on beef, goat and game meat from Botswana and Swaziland, following the eradication of foot and mouth disease in both African countries, according to a statement published Tuesday in Brussels. Full text...

  • Anglican Archbishop likens AIDS pandemic to Apartheid
    05 august 2003 11:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The AIDS pandemic has become an international disgrace in South Africa just like blows dealt by the defunct racist Apartheid policies, according to Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane. Full text...

  • Opposition party supports AIDS Conference in South Africa
    05 august 2003 10:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The leader of the Independent Democrats, Patricia de Lille has come out in full support of the organisers of South Africa's first ever HIV/AIDS conference, commending them for taking the initiative to fight the pandemic. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 96 in Burundi
    04 august 2003 19:29:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- A meningitis epidemic has killed at least 96 people in the Burundian north-eastern Province of Bubanza, State radio has reported. Full text...

  • UN Commissioner on HIV/AIDS arrives in Zambia
    04 august 2003 18:18:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- UN commissioner on HIV/AIDS, Stephen Lewis arrived in Lusaka Monday to attend a regional conference that opens here Tuesday to raise awareness against the stigma of discrimination among sufferers of the affliction. Full text...

  • Nigeria unveils new anti-HIV/AIDS policy
    04 august 2003 17:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday launched Nigeria's new anti-HIV/AIDS policy, detailing strategies to combat the scourge which has hit an estimated 3. Full text...

  • Nigeria regulates stockfish import
    04 august 2003 16:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Importers of stockfish into Nigeria are now required to accompany their consignments with certificates from the exporting countries certifying the food item toxic and radiation free. Full text...

  • NGO laments 1,500 Angolan children die of pain
    04 august 2003 13:41:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- At least 1,500 Angolan children died of pain over the past few years, according to the French NGO, 'Douleur sans frontières' (DSF, Pain without borders) which has just launched a campaign to help children in that country. Full text...

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