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  • 2,500 diabetics receive free treatment at Libreville Hospital
    16 november 2002 17:10:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The Endocrinology Department of Gabon's Libreville University Teaching Hospital (UTH) offers free treatment every year to between 2,000 and 2,500 diabetes sufferers in the country, medical sources said. Full text...

  • AIDS Research Centre to open in Cameroon in 2003
    15 november 2002 21:30:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's AIDS Research and Prevention Centre, which has been under construction for several months, will become operational early next year, according to health officials. Full text...

  • 1.5 million diabetics in Algeria
    15 november 2002 18:42:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • African First Ladies begin AIDS meeting in Yaounde
    15 november 2002 18:24:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Seven African First Ladies began a meeting Friday in Yaounde on how to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Kenyans advised to stick to traditional diet
    15 november 2002 16:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- By eating traditional African food that normally has a high fibre content Kenyans would improve their chances of avoiding diabetes, a local physician said here Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches reproductive health policy
    15 november 2002 15:28:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has launched a reproductive health policy, marking a paradigm shift from maternal and child health and family planning to a holistic approach that encompasses reproductive rights. Full text...

  • Pretoria, Pfizer Inc agree to extend AIDS programme
    15 november 2002 13:51:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Ministry of Health and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals Incorporation have agreed to extend indefinitely their cooperation programme on the treatment of opportunistic infections associated with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • French NGO wants pact on generic drugs to remain intact
    15 november 2002 09:24:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French association, Act Up-Paris has urged the two-day mini-conference of the World Trade Organisation in Sydney, Australia to refrain from questioning the Doha agreement on generic drugs. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso's first lady to attend AIDS summit in Yaounde
    14 november 2002 21:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- President Blaise Compaore's spouse, Chantal, left Ouagadougou Thursday for Yaounde in Cameroon, where she will take part Friday in the launch of activities of the association, "African Synergies," in fighting against HIV/AIDS, officials said in the Burkinabe capital. Full text...

  • African First Ladies' AIDS Summit begins in Yaounde Friday
    14 november 2002 20:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- A two-day Summit of African First Ladies, on AIDS, kicks off Friday in Yaounde, officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambian Minister under fire from AIDS patients
    14 november 2002 18:37:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Deputy Minister for Luapula Province, Alex Chama, has come under attack from people living with HIV/AIDS, for proposing to government that HIV/AIDS patients in the country be quarantined. Full text...

  • 150 Somali children hospitalised after diarrhoea outbreak
    14 november 2002 16:37:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- About 150 children below the age of eight have been admitted at various hospitals in Mogadishu, Somalia's capital and in the central town of Galkayo, following an outbreak of diarrhoea. Full text...

  • Kenyan institute unveils HIV/AIDS educational package
    14 november 2002 16:04:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Experts from Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have launched an educational programme to assist employers, staff at work places and their families in the fight against the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Diabetes spreads among Senegalese population
    13 november 2002 23:42:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Two percent of the Senegalese population is diabetic, the national co-ordinator of diabetes control in Senegal, Dr Mariama Ka Cisse said in Dakar. Full text...

  • International medical team offers free care
    13 november 2002 23:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A team of Nigerian and US doctors of the Pro-Health International Association, aided by Burkinabe practitioners, Wednesday started treating patients without charge in Diebougou, Burkina's south-west region. Full text...

  • Drunkenness impairs performance of Ugandan doctors
    13 november 2002 15:28:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Alcoholism is ruining the image of Uganda's medical profession as doctors nowadays neglect their patients in public hospitals only to go on a drinking spree, a don at the state-run Makerere University medical school charged here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan research body develops sleeping sickness drug
    13 november 2002 10:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Trypanosomiasis Research Institute (KETRI) says it is developing a new drug for the treatment of sleeping sickness. Full text...

  • Mauritanian journalists sensitised on HIV/AIDS
    12 november 2002 23:51:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Some 35 Mauritanian journalists have started in Nouakchott a three-day training session meant to equip them with better knowledge of the country's different HIV/AIDS control strategies. Full text...

  • Five percent of Rwandan prisoners are HIV-positive
    11 november 2002 20:34:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- A study by Rwandan Health authorities has shown that five percent of the country's prison inmates have HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Legal procedures delay Botswana HIV vaccine trials
    11 november 2002 16:26:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- AIDS vaccine trials supposed to begin in Botswana next months have been postponed due to slow legal processes locally and in the United States, it has been reliably learnt in Gaborone. Full text...

  • Fresh rumour trails Nigeria's Polio immunisation campaign
    11 november 2002 16:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The third phase of the national immunisation exercise, which started across Nigeria at the weekend, is being hampered by the rumour in the Muslim-dominated northern part of the country that the vaccines being used in the exercise contain HIV. Full text...

  • Deadly kala azar disease reported in Southern Sudan
    11 november 2002 08:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A severe outbreak of the deadly kala azar disease is posing threats for thousands of people in southern Sudan, the international medical relief organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned. Full text...

  • Mali launches another anti-polio campaign
    10 november 2002 20:09:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali Saturday launched another phase of the Synchronised National Immunisation Days (JNV) against polio. Full text...

  • French, African traditional healers seek greater co-operation
    10 november 2002 18:07:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- French and African traditional doctors ended a four-day meeting in Ouagadougou Saturday, with an agreement for greater co-operation through the sharing of knowledge and experiences. Full text...

  • Benin vaccinates children against polio
    09 november 2002 15:27:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A nationwide programme for immunisation of children against polio in Benin got under way Saturday with some sections of the population resisting the campaign for religious and cultural beliefs. Full text...

  • Mauritania takes stock of its mental patients
    08 november 2002 20:02:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's Health ministry is, in collaboration with the French centre for mental health research and training, conducting a survey to determine the incidence of mental disorders in the country. Full text...

  • AIDS takes its toll on Addis Ababa population
    08 november 2002 19:02:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa, will bury half a million of its residents succumbing to HIV/AIDS in 2024, according to a recent study on the incidence of the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Police in Nigeria launch HIV/AIDS programme
    08 november 2002 15:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria police force has inaugurated HIV/AIDS programme in all its 36 formations in the country to cater for police personnel. Full text...

  • South African doctors treat British cataract patients
    08 november 2002 13:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Britain's House of Commons this week tabled a Notice of Motion heralding the cataract initiative currently underway between South African healthcare group Network Healthcare Holdings Limited (Netcare) and the Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHN Trust as "a remarkable success. Full text...

  • Malawi Launches Blood Trust in the wake of AIDS pandemic
    07 november 2002 20:42:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- In a bid to replenish depleted blood banks in hospitals in Malawi in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the government has established a National Blood Transfusion Service Trust, with funding from the European Union. Full text...

  • Diabetes: main cause of eye disorders in Mauritius
    07 november 2002 19:28:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Diabetes-related eye disorders are on the rise in Mauritius, Health minister Ashok Jugnauth said here Thursday. Full text...

  • S. Africa's sports personalities to promote HIV/AIDS education
    07 november 2002 16:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's top sports personalities Josiah Thugwane and Jake "Baby" Matlala will walk more than 1,000 km from Johannesburg to Cape Town to raise AIDS awareness in the country. Full text...

  • Benin gets German drugs, condoms to fight AIDS
    07 november 2002 13:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The German government has donated drugs and 28 million condoms to help fight sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV/AIDS in Benin. Full text...

  • Nigeria launches food, nutrition policy
    07 november 2002 13:14:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has launched a policy on food and nutrition, which is expected to be implemented with 9. Full text...

  • Study shows breast cancer on the rise in Nigeria
    07 november 2002 12:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A study by two Nigerian medical researchers has shown that breast cancer is on the increase in the country, with at least 116 out of every 100,000 women having developed the disease. Full text...

  • US, South African agencies sign anti-tuberculosis deal
    07 november 2002 08:33:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Tuberculosis Research Lead Programme (TBRLP) of the Medical Research Council of South Africa, and the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), have signed a deal for tuberculosis research over the next five years. Full text...

  • New emergency contraceptive for African women
    06 november 2002 22:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Norlevo, an emergency contraceptive pill, will be available in at least five French-speaking African countries from January 2003, it was announced here Wednesday. Full text...

  • NGO urges Gabonese to abstain from smoking for a day
    06 november 2002 20:48:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- "Act for Gabon," a local NGO involved in the fight against alcoholism, drugs and addiction, urged Gabonese to abstain from smoking and drinking alcohol on 6 November. Full text...

  • Burundi in dire need of health workers
    06 november 2002 10:24:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi's health system has been in deep need of medical staff since the outbreak of the current civil war in 1993, health ministry authorities said Tuesday during a seminar in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • African educationists want teaching of traditional medicine
    06 november 2002 09:12:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- This year's meeting of the Higher Education Council in Africa and Madagascar, which kicked off in Kigali Tuesday, is to focus on the promotion of traditional medicine in the region's medical schools. Full text...

  • African media accused of shunning HIV/AIDS information
    06 november 2002 07:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the fight against HIV/AIDS in Africa gains momentum, the poor impact of media coverage of the epidemic stands out as a sore thumb, and this could become a major setback in the realisation of an AIDS-free society, a health bulletin has claimed. Full text...

  • Cameroon to build AIDS research centre
    05 november 2002 23:25:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Construction of a centre for research and control of AIDS will soon get under way in Yaounde, Cameroon, a pioneer in detection of the virus causing the disease, Luc Montagnier announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Herbal treatment for HIV/AIDS causes stir in Sudan
    05 november 2002 16:41:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A herbal treatment recently disclosed for HIV/AIDS was causing so much stir in Sudan that health authorities have warned the public not to overrate the herbal concoction. Full text...

  • Nigeria's fight against polio suffers setback
    05 november 2002 15:25:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has recorded 142 new cases of wild poliovirus transmission, dashing its hope of being polio- free at the end of this year. Full text...

  • 20 Malawian women die, 200 deformed daily in childbirth
    05 november 2002 13:20:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- At least 20 Malawian women die while 200 others are deformed daily from pregnancy and childbirth-related complications, Health and Population Minister Yusuf Mwawa said Tuesday in Blantyre. Full text...

  • South Korea donates drugs to Zimbabwe
    05 november 2002 09:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- South Korea Tuesday donated millions of dollars worth of drugs to Zimbabwe to help the country cope with a health crisis resulting from under-funding and under-staffing of its public health centres. Full text...

  • Anthrax kills two, infects 20 in Zimbabwe
    05 november 2002 09:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in the northern town of Bindura in Zimbabwe said Tuesday two people had died of anthrax and 20 others infected after eating meat from an infected cow. Full text...

  • Ethiopian artists join the fight against AIDS
    04 november 2002 20:01:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Ministry of Education has, in collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme and UNICEF, asked young artists to join the fight against AIDS through their artwork. Full text...

  • Nigerian scientist gets U.S. patent on AIDS drug
    04 november 2002 15:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The U. Full text...

  • Mauritius industrialist warns against HIV/AIDS among workers
    04 november 2002 11:45:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Export Processing Zone Development Authority (EPZDA) director Chan Sun has cautioned against the rapid spread of HIV infections in the island recently, a development likely to hurt the industrial and other economic sectors. Full text...

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