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  • South African nurses withdraw from anti-AIDS treatment body
    07 april 2003 21:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) on Monday withdrew from activities of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Full text...

  • No case of SARS reported in Mauritius
    07 april 2003 20:52:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has recorded no case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Health ministry said Monday, allaying fears that an Air Mauritius pilot hospitalised Sunday had come down with the disease. Full text...

  • Infant mortality swells in Cameroon
    07 april 2003 20:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 78 children out of every 1,000 die before their first birthday in Cameroon, the public health ministry indicated Monday as the country observed the 55th World Health Day anniversary. Full text...

  • Cape Verde issues SARS alert
    07 april 2003 18:02:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Health authorities in Cape Verde have issued an alert on the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), that has killed up to 70 people especially in Asia Health officials in Praia said no case of the disease had been reported in Cape Verde, but authorities were at "alert. Full text...

  • Kenya MPs challenge President, colleagues to screen for AIDS
    07 april 2003 16:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- With an estimated 3 million Kenyans infected, and an average 700 of them dying daily of HIV/AIDS, two parliamentarians have challenged fellow MPs as well as President Mwai Kibaki to test for the deadly virus and thus encourage the wider public to undergo screening. Full text...

  • Angola gets WHO grant to fight measles
    07 april 2003 13:55:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted Angola some US$4. Full text...

  • South Africa marks World Health Day
    07 april 2003 13:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's health minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang undertook a fact-finding visit Monday to rural villages in the Eastern Cape as part of activities marking World Health Day. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS hits Yamoussoukro hard
    07 april 2003 12:09:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's capital of Yamoussoukro, in the north of the country, is one of the area's most affected by the AIDS pandemic, with an HIV prevalence rate of 14 percent, said Dr Adonis Gba, of the city hospital's department of dermato-venerology. Full text...

  • Botswana, Namibia and Zambia launch cross-border AIDS program
    06 april 2003 16:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Red Cross Societies in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia Sunday launched a joint home-based care program for people living with HIV/AIDS along their common borders in Namibia's Caprivi region, where the prevalence rate is an alarmingly high 43 percent. Full text...

  • Nigeria issues travel warning over SARS
    06 april 2003 14:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's health ministry has advised citizens travelling to Hong Kong and the southern Chinese province of Guangdong to shelve their plans to avoid possible infection with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria celebrates World Health Day
    06 april 2003 11:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal ministry of health said it was currently working in six core sectors to reduce infant mortality, as the country joins other nations in commemorating World Health Day 7 April. Full text...

  • Italy supports Mozambique's fight against cholera
    05 april 2003 18:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Italian government has granted 700,000 US dollars worth of equipment and medicine to 40 Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) in Mozambique, according to the daily Noticias newspaper. Full text...

  • South African provide launches Polio eradication week
    05 april 2003 12:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The polio eradication week was launched Saturday in Gauteng province, with health officials urging parents and caregivers to ensure the immunisation of children under the age of one. Full text...

  • WHO gives TB control qualified success in Africa
    04 april 2003 16:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Treatment success and case detection rates for tuberculosis (TB) have improved appreciably in Africa since 1993 when the disease was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), but the current indicators in the region still fall short of global targets, a WHO official said in Harare, Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • US company in Liberia outlines HIV/AIDS treatment for workers
    03 april 2003 23:35:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The US Trading Company in Liberia has indicated plans to expand health care benefits on AIDS and AIDS- related conditions for its workers through extensive prevention and awareness programmes and treatment options that would include provision of anti-retrovirals. Full text...

  • Seychelles suspends flights to Singapore
    03 april 2003 22:45:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The health ministry in Seychelles Thursday ordered the national carrier Air Seychelles to suspend all flights to Singapore as a preventive measure against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) currently spreading across the globe. Full text...

  • Botswana health authorities issue SARS alert
    03 april 2003 22:38:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Health authorities in Botswana have issued a warning to visitors travelling to Canada and the Far East where the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been reported. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe faces critical shortage of blood
    03 april 2003 21:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's national blood transfusion agency said Thursday the country faced a critical shortage of the product because of lack of foreign currency to import chemicals needed to screen donated blood. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana spearheads AIDS campaign
    03 april 2003 19:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana has placed under his charge a technical committee to oversee the country's HIV/AIDS campaign. Full text...

  • Mbeki launches 'race against malaria' rally
    03 april 2003 17:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African president Thabo Mbeki Thursday launched the Southern Africa Race against Malaria rally in Pretoria intended to raise consciousness in the region for collective efforts to defeat the killer disease. Full text...

  • WHO reports outbreaks of 6 diseases in 31 African countries
    03 april 2003 16:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Outbreaks of six communicable diseases were reported in 31 of the 46 countries in the African Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the first quarter of this year, according to statistics released in Brazzaville by the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO). Full text...

  • Ethiopia forms committee to monitor SARS Virus
    03 april 2003 07:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's health ministry has set up a committee of experts to monitor the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, that broke out in the Far East a few weeks ago. Full text...

  • New OCEAC boss assumes duties in Yaounde
    02 april 2003 23:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The new secretary general of the Co-ordination Organisation for the Fight Against Endemics in Central Africa (OCEAC), Congolese national Jean-Jacques Moka, on Wednesday took over his duties at the organisation's headquarters in Yaounde in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Kenya puts citizens on high alert over pneumonia
    02 april 2003 22:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities on Wednesday issued an alert to its citizens following the threat posed by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which has already killed 70 people in 13 countries. Full text...

  • Reunion on alert as SARS spreads
    02 april 2003 22:00:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Health authorities in Reunion are on the alert as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), an atypical pneumonia, steadily spreads from Southeast Asia across the rest of the globe, although no cases have yet been reported in Africa. Full text...

  • UNICEF helps Ethiopia to reduce maternal deaths
    02 april 2003 17:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF is stepping up interventions to reduce high maternal mortality rates in Ethiopia, an official of the UN agency said in Addis Ababa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya announces team to tackle deadly SARS virus
    02 april 2003 12:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Ministry of Health in Kenya on Wednesday disclosed it has established a team at the Kenya Medical Research Institute to deal with any anticipated attack of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the lethal flu that is causing scare worldwide. Full text...

  • Namibian health minister warns against quack practice
    02 april 2003 07:32:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's health minister, Dr Libertina Amathila has strongly criticised some private clinics for profiting from the confusing and despondence caused by the global outbreak of a deadly flu-like virus. Full text...

  • Seychelles advises nationals against travelling to Asia
    01 april 2003 20:20:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Health ministry in Seychelles has cautioned nationals against travelling to Asia except in cases of extreme necessity, due to the propagation there of an unidentified pneumonia virus currently spreading across the globe. Full text...

  • African Guinea Worm Experts Meet In Kampala
    01 april 2003 17:13:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Former Nigerian president Yakuba Gowon has challenged experts meeting in Kampala on the eradication of Guinea Worm to develop a sustainable approach to eliminate the disease from Africa. Full text...

  • World Health Day 2003 focuses on welfare of children
    01 april 2003 13:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Preparations are taking place throughout the world for World Health Day next Monday with a focus on the plight of children, organisers of the event said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius to suspend Hong Kong flights due to pneumonia
    01 april 2003 12:48:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Air Mauritius has suspended flights to Hong Kong for one month due to plummeting bookings as result of a deadly strain of pneumonia, the airline's managing director Vinod Chidambaran announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mysterious disease kills 28 inmates in Niger
    31 march 2003 21:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 28 inmates at Dosso prison 140 km east of Niamey have in the last three years died from a mysterious disease, the state-owned Le Sahel newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mozambican Minister commends WHO
    31 march 2003 20:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao Monday commended the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its work in the country, which he said was of "great quality". Full text...

  • AIDS draft policy to be tabled before Ghanaian parliament
    31 march 2003 18:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) is to table a draft policy on the scourge and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) before parliament by August, an official said. Full text...

  • Kenya's life expectancy drops to 54 years
    31 march 2003 18:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poor eating habits and bad nutrition have contributed to the sharp drop in Kenya's life expectancy from 70 to 54 years, a forum on nutrition has observed. Full text...

  • Liberian hospitals get HIV/AIDS test kits
    31 march 2003 16:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Nigerian Ambassador Ogbonnaya Nduaka on Monday donated a consignment of HIV/AIDS test kits and laboratory equipment to two hospitals in Monrovia for an AIDS prevention project initiated by the Nduaka Education Foundation, a U. Full text...

  • Nigerian private sector joins vaccine distribution
    31 march 2003 13:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has decided to involve the private sector in vaccine distribution to ensure effective delivery during immunisation of children under five years and women. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulatory agency approves anti-malaria insecticides
    30 march 2003 14:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved five insecticides for treating mosquito nets as part of efforts to check the scourge of malaria. Full text...

  • 8,000 Nigerian adults benefit from anti-retroviral drugs
    30 march 2003 14:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 8,000 adults living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria have benefited from an ambitious government programme to provide anti-retroviral drugs to needy citizens in the past one year, according to the chair of the national committee on AIDS, Babatunde Osotimehin. Full text...

  • Burkinabe network launches award for traditional medicine
    30 march 2003 11:52:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The network of Burkinabe journalists in traditional medicine (REJOMETRA) has launched a 2003 excellence award for traditional medicine/pharmacopoeia in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • EU helps to finance clinical testing of anti-AIDS drugs
    28 march 2003 20:17:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Parliament has adopted a resolution for the European Union to help finance a clinical testing programme for drugs against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Full text...

  • Health forum urges greater action against unsafe abortion
    28 march 2003 20:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A just-ended meeting in Addis Ababa of African health ministers and other stakeholders has called on governments and the international community to intensify efforts at stemming unsafe abortion, blamed for 68,000 deaths annually world-wide. Full text...

  • CCA lobbies US Congress for US$15 billion AIDS grant to Africa
    28 march 2003 19:04:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- The US Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) Friday announced the creation of an affiliate to lobby Congress to approve President George W. Full text...

  • UNICEF unveils anti-AIDS plan in three African countries
    28 march 2003 18:48:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- UNICEF unveiled here Friday a five- year programme to combat HIV/AIDS among youths in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

  • Expert criticises Nigerian media over HIV/AIDS reporting
    28 march 2003 13:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The media in Nigeria still lack in-depth knowledge and appropriate information on HIV/AIDS, the country director of the John Hopkins University/Centre for Communication Programme (JHU/CCP) in Nigeria, Bola Kusemiju, said. Full text...

  • Swiss surgeons operate 9 Mauritian children's hearts
    27 march 2003 23:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A team of Swiss surgeons this week performed open heart surgery on nine Mauritian children aged between one month and 11 years at the Pamplemousses cardiac surgery centre, some 15km north of Port-Louis. Full text...

  • EU told to strengthen medicine pricing scheme
    27 march 2003 15:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Member states of the European Union must strengthen the price regulation scheme proposed last October, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNDP supports emergency intervention against Ebola in Congo
    26 march 2003 15:44:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UNDP has presented four Iridium telephones with chargers, two generators, two motorcycles and 10 bicycles to health authorities in Congo in support of the emergency programme against the deadly Ebola epidemic in that country. Full text...

  • Libyan association organises immunisation campaign in Chad
    26 march 2003 15:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A caravan of medical aid from a Libyan charity, Aïcha (named after Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi's daughter) is in N'djamena for an immunisation campaign in the Chadian capital and its environs, press accounts indicated back here Wednesday. Full text...

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