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  • US-based initiative sues for malaria vaccine
    24 april 2003 17:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The US-based Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI) has called for greater international attention to malaria. Full text...

  • Malaria dogs Ethiopia amid weather vagaries
    24 april 2003 17:00:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Malaria could exert a heavy toll on Ethiopia this year as a result of the combined effects of drought, poverty and global warming, health officials in the country have warned. Full text...

  • African health ministers meet in Tripoli Saturday
    24 april 2003 15:19:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The first African Union (AU) conference of African Health ministers on the theme: "Investing in health of Africa's socio-economic development" begins in the Libyan capital Tripoli Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya to host Africa Malaria Day celebrations
    24 april 2003 14:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya will on Friday host the annual African Malaria Day celebrations, an event whose highlight shall be the launch of the Africa Malaria Report. Full text...

  • WHO helps to reduce malaria-related deaths in Nigeria
    24 april 2003 14:15:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) says its intervention in Nigeria has brought about aggregate reduction in malaria-related deaths since the roll-back-malaria (RBM) initiative was launched by African leaders in the Abuja in 2000. Full text...

  • Zambians rejected GM food for health reasons
    24 april 2003 14:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Zambian government rejected genetically modified (GM) food aid due to health concerns raised by both Zambians and international food organisations, a Zambian scientist said on Thursday in Nairobi. Full text...

  • Ivorian authorities set up expert committee on SARS
    24 april 2003 09:38:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- The authorities in Cote d'Ivoire have set up a committee of experts to look out for the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and study the creation of a centre for the management of possible cases, health sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Namibia sets up units at main ports to screen SARS
    24 april 2003 09:18:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian Health minister Libertina Amathila has announced the establishment of health desks at Hosea Kutako and Eros International Airports to screen visitors for the atypical pneumonia dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Officials upbeat about pregnant women AIDS project in Congo
    23 april 2003 21:57:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese health officials are upbeat following the first phase of the pilot treatment project for HIV- positive pregnant women meant to protect newborns against mother-to-child transmission. Full text...

  • Kenyan don vouches for disabled in HIV/AIDS fight
    23 april 2003 17:30:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan university don on Wednesday claimed that the country's disabled have been forgotten in the fight against HIV/AIDS as no organisation has bothered to design messages that benefit the disadvantaged group. Full text...

  • Kibaki urges Kenyans to discuss HIV/AIDS openly
    23 april 2003 17:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Mwai Kibaki of Kenya on Wednesday stressed the need for people to freely talk about HIV/AIDS if the war against the pandemic is to be won. Full text...

  • Price of antiretrovirals to drop in Burkina Faso
    23 april 2003 13:04:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe government and Canal Industries Pharmaceutics Laboratory (CINPLA) of India have signed a convention to provide antiretrovirals (ARV) drugs to AIDS patients at reduced prices. Full text...

  • Arrival of two SARS patients raises alarm at Ghanaian airport
    23 april 2003 12:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- An Emergency Response Team was on Wednesday deployed at Kotoko International Airport (KIA) following word that two Ghanaians suspected to be suffering from the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) were arriving there. Full text...

  • US firm launches new HIV drug for Africa
    23 april 2003 12:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Television viewers in Africa may still recall the agony on the face of Nkosi Johnson, the 12-year-old South African orphan as he struggled to swallow more than 20 HIV anti-retroviral drugs per day. Full text...

  • South African insurance group warns travellers on SARS
    23 april 2003 10:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African insurance group, Travel Insurance Consultants (TIC) has warned travellers that it could review its policy if the spreading Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus spirals out of control. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 5 in Mali
    23 april 2003 10:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's reference Health Centre in the Tominian region east of the country, has registered 25 cases of meningitis including five deaths this year, the local press reported Wednesday, quoting the centre's chief doctor, Bakary Diarra. Full text...

  • Mauritian committee urges review of abortion law
    23 april 2003 07:57:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian inter-cultural committee has submitted a proposal to Prime Minister, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, calling for the review of the country's abortion law. Full text...

  • Mauritius quarantines 78 Chinese female arrivals
    22 april 2003 22:38:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A group of 78 Chinese female workers, who arrived Tuesday in Mauritius, were quarantined in Belle-Rive, in the centre of the island, as precaution against the pneumonia-like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), prevalent in Asia. Full text...

  • SARS alert in Mozambique
    22 april 2003 18:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican health authorities said although no case of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had be reported in the country, medical personnel at the ports and border posts have been placed on alert. Full text...

  • Meningitis, measles kill 370 persons in Niger
    22 april 2003 18:30:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Meningitis and measles killed 370 people in Niger between January and March 2003, says the latest report issued here by the Early Alert System and the Management of Disasters (SAP/GC). Full text...

  • Angola gets special anti-SARS unit
    22 april 2003 18:02:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan Health ministry has set up a special unit at the Luanda International Airport to prevent the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus from entering the country, officials said. Full text...

  • Kigali takes preventive measures against SARS
    22 april 2003 17:07:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan government has warned its citizens against travelling to Asia in precaution against catching the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), according to reports from a cabinet meeting here. Full text...

  • Nigeria to draw from $15m HIV/AIDS grant
    22 april 2003 12:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will from July start drawing from the US$15 million grant from the World Bank to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic in West Africa, the country's chair of National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA), Babatunde Osotimehin, has said in Abuja. Full text...

  • Kenyan scientist sues for DDT use in malaria war
    22 april 2003 09:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The director of Kenya's foremost medical research organ, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Davy Koech, has called for the re-introduction of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) pesticide in the fight against the spread of malaria, provided it is used responsibly. Full text...

  • Mauritians new arrivals from China over SARS
    21 april 2003 20:17:00
    Port-Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- In the wake of fears of atypical pneumonia currently spreading in China and other parts of the world, a Mauritian political party and the NGO, Committee for Health Improvement are protesting the planned arrival of 100 Chinese workers here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria records low use of mosquito nets
    20 april 2003 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigeria prepares to commemorate Africa Malaria Day on 25 April, only 1 million insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are in circulation in the country of 120 million people, according to a UNICEF official, Emmanuel Gemade. Full text...

  • Kenya takes grassroots HIV/AIDS bodies to drawing board
    20 april 2003 15:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan health authorities have announced plans to overhaul the country's Constituency-based AIDS Control Committees (CACCs) to strengthen the fight against the pandemic, said to be killing over 700 Kenyans daily. Full text...

  • Minister denies SARS has been diagnosed in Morocco
    20 april 2003 10:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's health minister Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah has denied allegations by the Qatari television Al Jazeera that a case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had been diagnosed in the Maghreb kingdom. Full text...

  • Malaria cases increase in Western Kenya's Nyanza
    20 april 2003 09:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Malaria cases in western Kenya's Kisumu District of Nyanza Province increased by more than 100% between January and March compared to the corresponding period last year, the official Kenya News Agency (KNA) reported. Full text...

  • SARS: Mauritian agency against hiring of Chinese workers
    19 april 2003 19:42:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Association of Tour Operators (AIOM) said Saturday the country's planned recruitment of a new group of Chinese workers could hurt Mauritian tourism in view of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Asia. Full text...

  • Mauritania takes preventive measures against SARS
    18 april 2003 23:37:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's health officials have taken important preventive measures against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) at Nouakchott's airport. Full text...

  • Conjunctivitis flare-up in Mauritius
    18 april 2003 19:13:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 2,176 cases of conjunctivitis were recorded in public hospitals in Mauritius between 1 and 16 April as against 2,023 in March, medical sources said on Friday. Full text...

  • Pharmacopoeia studies in DRC for scrutiny in Spain
    18 april 2003 08:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Two studies undertaken on traditional medicine and herbal medicine in DR Congo are scheduled for presentation at the 5th European ethno-pharmacology colloquium slated for 8-10 May in Valencia, Spain. Full text...

  • Rabies vaccination drive under way in Burkina Faso
    17 april 2003 20:33:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Animal Resources Ministry has launched an intensive nationwide vaccination campaign against rabies. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso raises alert over travel to Asia
    17 april 2003 13:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso Health ministry Thursday urged nationals and businessmen planning travels to Asia to shelve such plans until progress was made in combating the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) menace. Full text...

  • Measles vaccination campaign under way in central Cote d'Ivoire
    16 april 2003 22:07:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Health Ministry launched a measles vaccination campaign Wednesday in Tiebissou, about 285 km north of Abidjan, targeting some 350,000 children aged between 6 months and 14 years. Full text...

  • WHO organises paediatrics workshop in Mauritania
    16 april 2003 20:17:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A four-day workshop, jointly organised by the health ministry and the World Health Organization kicked off here Wednesday on integrated paediatrics. Full text...

  • Mauritius to hire Chinese workers despite SARS outbreak
    16 april 2003 19:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has said in Parliament that his government could not deny a new textile mill the right to recruit 100 skilled Chinese workers due to the current Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) rife in China and other Asian countries. Full text...

  • Malian imams, Islamic scholars take drills in AIDS control
    16 april 2003 19:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 45 imams and scholars from the Malian League for Islamic Solidarity began a two-day workshop here Wednesday on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • South African AIDS activists to launch 'black' Easter protest
    16 april 2003 18:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Anti-AIDS campaigners in South Africa have threatened nationwide protests named the "Black Easter Campaign" to force pharmaceutical companies to give free anti-retroviral drugs. Full text...

  • South African Airways cancels flights to Hong Kong
    16 april 2003 17:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has suspended two of its five flights to Hong Kong in May and June because of the low demand for seats attributed to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) disease. Full text...

  • Swazi nurses go-slow claims 30 lives
    16 april 2003 14:31:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- A go-slow action by nurses at Swaziland's largest hospital, the Mbabane Government Hospital, has claimed at least 30 lives since January due to neglect, hospital sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia tightens protection against SARS at Lusaka airport
    16 april 2003 12:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In their first line of protection against the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the management of Zambia's Lusaka international airport has begun to distribute surgical masks and other protective clothing to all ground staff, including those that handle passengers and their luggage. Full text...

  • HIV positive children get free ARVs in South Africa
    16 april 2003 12:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Health authorities in South Africa's Western Cape province on Wednesday announced the provision of "triple cocktail" antiretrovirals (ARVs) for HIV positive babies and toddlers. Full text...

  • NGO provides one-year free anti-retrovirals in Kenya
    16 april 2003 11:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The NGO Kenya Society for People with AIDS (KESPA) operating the western region says it will henceforth supply free anti-retroviral drugs to AIDS sufferers visiting its voluntary counselling and testing centres. Full text...

  • Lassa fever kills dozens in Sierra Leone
    15 april 2003 23:22:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Manager of Disease Control and Prevention Programme in the Sierra Leone Health Ministry, Magnus Gborie, on Tuesday said that Lassa fever has killed dozens of people in the eastern town of Kenema and in Liberian refugee camps. Full text...

  • Conference urges rehabilitation of traditional medicine
    15 april 2003 22:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Guest speakers at Cameroon's 15 national medical conference underway here since Monday have called for the rehabilitation of traditional medicine across Africa. Full text...

  • French NGO's rally to fight HIV/AIDS
    15 april 2003 20:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Eight French NGOs, including Act Up Paris, Solidarity AIDS and the Danielle Mitterrand Foundation, have launched a campaign of fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ghana gets committee on SARS
    15 april 2003 20:25:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Health Ministry has set up an inter-agency committee on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to co-ordinate efforts at preventing an outbreak of the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Mali hosts 4-nation HIV/AIDS training course
    15 april 2003 18:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Medical and paramedical personnel from four West African states are attending a training-of-trainers workshop in Bamako, on caring for HIV/AIDS patients, the Malian Health ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

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