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  • Nigeria puts HIV/AIDS course into teacher training curriculum
    11 march 2003 12:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has introduced an HIV/AIDS course into the teachers' training program as part of measures aimed at tackling the scourge. Full text...

  • Ebola claims 100 lives in Congo
    10 march 2003 20:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 100 persons out of the 140 cases diagnosed have died of Ebola fever in Kelle and Mbomo districts in the north-west of Congo, Radio Congo said Monday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • EU grants Congo 328 million FCFA to fight Ebola
    10 march 2003 19:01:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has donated 328 million FCFA to finance Ebola haemorrhagic fever control measures in north-west Congo's Kelle and Mbomo district, the head of the EU mission in Gabon Jochen Krebs told journalists here Monday. Full text...

  • South African university gets world-class health facility
    10 march 2003 17:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, on Monday launched an occupational and environmental health facility at the University of Natal's Nelson Mandela Medical School in Durban. Full text...

  • WHO confirms 97 Ebola deaths in Congo-Brazzaville
    10 march 2003 15:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ninety-seven deaths have been reported from the 115 "probable cases" of Ebola in Congo-Brazzaville this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the country, Lamine Sarr, said in Brazzaville Monday. Full text...

  • Congolese authorities battle Ebola epidemic
    08 march 2003 19:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Environment minister Henri Djomobo affirmed Thursday in Brazzaville that the government has "declared war" against the Ebola virus currently wreaking havoc in two districts in northern Congo. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll rises to 94 in north-west Congo
    08 march 2003 13:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Ebola virus outbreak, which has been rife since 4 January in the department of West Cuvette in northern Congo, has now claimed 94 lives, according to health officials Friday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Surgeon removes 22-kg cyst from Mauritanian woman
    07 march 2003 22:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Amienettou mint Hamoudou, a Mauritanian woman, has undergone surgery at a Mauritania clinic to get a 22-kg cyst removed from her abdomen, medical sources said here. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll rises to 90 in northern Congo
    07 march 2003 21:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The death toll in the Ebola epidemic in northern Congo has risen to 90, Health minister Alain Moka indicated Thursday, adding that a total of 110 cases had so far been diagnosed in two districts in the region. Full text...

  • Northern Congolese urged to keep away from primate meat
    07 march 2003 20:51:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville Friday urged people in the West Basin area (north) stricken by an epidemic of the haemorrhagic Ebola fever to abstain from eating primate meat and to respect all the instructions given to them by health workers. Full text...

  • Female Swazi reporter quits newsroom to help victims of AIDS
    07 march 2003 20:40:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In an unusual switch that left her colleagues baffled former reporter Ceb'sile Dlamini, 27, has since dropped her jotter and moved in as a volunteer at Hope House, a Catholic nursing home in Manzini for AIDS sufferers waiting to die. Full text...

  • Women's football tournament to highlight AIDS campaign
    07 march 2003 18:55:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An international women's football tournament has been slated here for 11-17 March to animate the campaign against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Niger, Nigeria to synchronise vaccination campaign
    06 march 2003 23:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- National polio vaccination days in Niger would be synchronised with those of neighbouring Nigeria and possibly Cote d'Ivoire this year, West Africa polio programme director Dr Ibrahima Kane indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Heart diseases are leading cause of death in Mauritius
    06 march 2003 23:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Cardiovascular diseases account for the highest number of deaths in Mauritius, with health officials saying heart problems claimed 3,809 lives last year while cancer came second (887 deaths) followed by respiratory diseases (703 deaths). Full text...

  • Authorities report resurgence of Sleeping Sickness in Bas-Congo
    06 march 2003 22:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in DR Congo have reported a resurgence of Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness) in parts of Bas-Congo Province, notably the districts of Bas-Fleuve and Cataractes. Full text...

  • Deaths of Kenyan women irks lobby group
    06 march 2003 20:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan empowerment lobby group leader on Thursday expressed concern that more than 6,000 women are losing their lives annually in the country due to pregnancy- related complications. Full text...

  • Meningitis, measles kill 153 in Niger
    06 march 2003 19:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 130 people have died of meningitis and another 23 from measles in Niger this year, a government statement said. Full text...

  • Medic roots for use of DDT in malaria control
    06 march 2003 18:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) director, Davy Koech, has said he would like to see the re-introduction of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) in the fight against malaria as long as it is used responsibly. Full text...

  • Over 2,000 screen in Niger for HIV in 2002
    06 march 2003 15:09:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- More than 2,000 people were screened at Niger's HIV/AIDS Voluntary Screening Centre (CEDAV) in 2002, according to Dr Gouro Kadidiatou, leader of the NGO 'Live Better With AIDS'. Full text...

  • Ebola epidemic worries Congo
    05 march 2003 23:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Health and Population Minister Alain Moka has said that the situation in the two northern districts of western Cuvette hit by the Ebola virus was worrying. Full text...

  • Zambian military to reject HIV-positive recruits
    05 march 2003 21:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian military will not recruit anyone who is HIV-positive into its armed forces because military life is strenuous and hazardous and could send the unwary to an early grave, said the army's senior medical officer, Brigadier General James Simpungwe, on Wednesday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic hits southern Burundi
    05 march 2003 20:16:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 132 cases of cholera, including nine deaths, have been recorded in the past month in Rumonge town and its surrounding areas 70 km south of Bujumbura, medical sources in the area have said. Full text...

  • Nigerian agency warns bakers to quit using harmful chemical
    05 march 2003 12:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned bakers in the country to stop the use of potassium bromate by June or face a clampdown by the agency. Full text...

  • Medical NGO selects Ethiopia, South Africa for funding
    05 march 2003 08:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation from Initiative on Pharmaceutical Technology Transfer (IPTT) has assessed four pharmaceutical factories in Ethiopia in a bid to select two for funding to manufacture antiretroviral drugs. Full text...

  • Cancer researchers from Europe, Africa meet in Yaounde
    04 march 2003 22:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 2nd congress of European and African cancer researchers opens here on Wednesday with some 300 participants on roll, the organisers indicated Tuesday, adding that the three-day meeting would focus on virus-induced cancers. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville fights Ebola spread
    04 march 2003 20:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville is intensifying preventive and containment measures against the Ebola fever that has killed more than 80 people this year in the country, health officials said in Brazzaville Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese demand strict border checks over Ebola
    04 march 2003 18:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Residents of Mekambo, a Gabonese town on the country's border with Ebola-hit Congo Brazzaville, have called on Libreville authorities to control cross-border movement of people and goods so as to stem the spread of the deadly fever, Radio Gabon reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rabat to host 4th African Rheumatology Congress
    03 march 2003 23:32:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The fourth African Rheumatology Congress would hold 6-8 March in Rabat, sources at the Moroccan Rheumatology Society confirmed Monday. Full text...

  • Ex-WHO boss makes appeal for HIV/AIDS research in Africa
    03 march 2003 23:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- A former director general of the World Health Organisation, Hiroshi Nakajima, on Monday appealed to the world community to help promote the development of research on HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll hits 88 in Congo Brazzaville
    03 march 2003 19:17:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Ebola epidemic that hit Congo Brazzaville's West basin region in mid-January has claimed at least 88 lives from the 104 reported cases, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said Monday. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 37 in Maputo
    03 march 2003 16:58:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Malaria claimed 37 lives from the 432,340 cases diagnosed in 2002 in the Maputo province of the Mozambican capital, the Mozambican New Agency (AIM) reported Monday. Full text...

  • African experts end meeting on Roll-Back-Malaria
    03 march 2003 16:47:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- The first consultative meeting of African representatives on the international Roll-Back-Malaria (RBM) Partnership Board ended in Harare at the weekend with the adoption of recommendations to strengthen partnerships at the country level and scale up efforts to prevent and control malaria in Africa. Full text...

  • Hemorrhagic fever under control in Mauritania
    03 march 2003 15:16:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian health authorities have brought under control the hemorrhagic fever that killed four patients in Nouakchott recently, the director of the National Health Centre, Professor Baidy Lo, said on national television Sunday evening. Full text...

  • WHO puts Ebola death toll at 81 in Congo-Brazzaville
    02 march 2003 18:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The death toll has risen to 81 in the 100 Ebola cases reported in Congo Brazzaville's West Basin district since mid-January, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official has said. Full text...

  • Mystery deaths reported in Mauritania
    02 march 2003 17:25:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Several mystery deaths have been reported at health facilities in the Mauritanian capital, including the National Hospital, medical sources said in Nouakchott Sunday. Full text...

  • MSF embarks on new AIDS programme in rural South Africa
    02 march 2003 11:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The international medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has started a new HIV programme in rural South Africa in collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, MSF indicated in a statement this weekend. Full text...

  • Eye diseases common among AIDS patients in Cameroon
    28 february 2003 22:17:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Between 60 and 70 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS in Cameroon suffer from three serious eye infections, according to the chairman of the Cameroon Ophthalmologic Society (COS), Noa Noatina Blaise. Full text...

  • Guinea-Bissau bans illegal sale of drugs
    28 february 2003 14:25:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The government of Guinea-Bissau has banned the sale of drugs by unauthorised persons or so-called "itinerant pharmacies," a health official said. Full text...

  • Malawian chief stuns public, questions existence of HIV/AIDS
    28 february 2003 10:24:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A local chief in Malawi's southern district of Mangochi has challenged claims about the existence of HIV/AIDS in the country and elsewhere, dismissing harrowing accounts on the spread of the source as bogus. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll rises to 80 in north-western Congo
    27 february 2003 21:18:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola hemorrhagic fever has killed 80 out of 99 patients in Cuvette west district of northern Congo, says a report issued here Thursday. Full text...

  • Congolese minister appeals for help against Ebola epidemic
    27 february 2003 19:15:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo-Brazzaville's Forestry and Environment Minister Henri Djombo has appealed for international support to combat the Ebola epidemic that has killed almost 80 people in two districts of the country since mid-January. Full text...

  • Mozambican authorities fear cholera epidemic may worsen
    27 february 2003 17:37:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican health authorities have expressed fear that the current cholera epidemic will spread further after affecting seven of the country's 11 provinces, including Maputo City, and claiming 40 lives countrywide since last September. Full text...

  • WHO reports progress in vaccine-preventable diseases' control
    27 february 2003 16:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Significant progress is being made in the control of vaccine-preventable diseases in the Eastern and Southern African epidemiological blocks, the World Health Organisation Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO) reports. Full text...

  • AIDS prevalence rate drops in Kenya, says Minister
    27 february 2003 15:42:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Kenya has gone down from 13 percent to 10 percent, Health Minister Charity Ngilu announced in Nairobi Thursday. Full text...

  • Whooping cough epidemic kills six in Congo
    27 february 2003 15:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A whooping cough epidemic in Mboumbe Village, 500 km north of Brazzaville in Plateaux Region, has killed six people, Radio Congo reported Thursday. Full text...

  • People living with HIV appeal to Niger's first lady
    26 february 2003 23:05:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A group of people living with HIV in Niamey on Wednesday appealed to Niger's first lady, Larba Tanja, to support them in obtaining treatment for the pandemic. Full text...

  • 261 diagnosed, 4 killed in measles outbreak in Niger
    26 february 2003 21:40:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Health authorities in Niger recorded over 260 cases of measles, with four deaths in the commune of Zinder and adjacent villages in the past eight weeks, Radio Anfani reported here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Liberian market faces shortage of essential drugs
    26 february 2003 18:42:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A shortage of essential drugs has hit the Liberian health and market sectors, pharmaceutical and market sources confirmed Wednesday in Monrovia. Full text...

  • French-speaking surgeons meet in Dakar
    26 february 2003 17:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A meeting of some 100 surgeons from the French Surgery Academy and 12 French-speaking African countries opened Wednesday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Full text...

  • Ebola fever kills 78 people in Congo
    26 february 2003 17:16:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola fever, raging in the West Cuvette region of northern Congo, has killed 78 out of 96 patients, according to the latest death toll issued Wednesday by the National Director of Endemic Diseases, Joseph Mboussa. Full text...

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