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  • NGO in Niger rejects new debate on anti-smoking treaty
    08 may 2003 17:46:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- SOS-Tabagisme (SOS-Smoking) -- an anti- smoking NGO in Niger -- has urged the country's delegation to the World Health Assembly, scheduled for 19-28 May in Geneva, to oppose any proposal for re-opening the debate on the Framework Convention Against Smoking. Full text...

  • Trachoma costs the world billions
    08 may 2003 17:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US and the International Trachoma Initiative have calculated that the human toll and economic burden of trachoma, a chronic infection that causes blindness, is in the billions of dollars. Full text...

  • Red Cross launches campaign for people living with HIV
    08 may 2003 16:56:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A poster competition to promote more understanding and compassion for people living with HIV/AIDS in East Africa has been launched on the occasion to commemorate World Red Cross Red Crescent Day, the Nairobi office of the international body said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia's junior doctors cut back services over pay
    08 may 2003 15:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Junior doctors in Zambia's government hospitals have begun a go-slow in their duties - a move that is intended to push their employer to effect new salaries and improved conditions of service. Full text...

  • Kenya roots for neglected diseases
    08 may 2003 15:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Africa Network for Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDI) will conduct research and develop drugs for diseases that cause a significant amount of morbidity and mortality in poor communities, a senior official said here on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Red Cross launches HIV/AIDS campaign stamp
    08 may 2003 12:57:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Red Cross Thursday launched two postage stamps on HIV/AIDS as part of a renewed war against the disease, which has infected more than 3 million people in the country. Full text...

  • Congolese told to dread monkey meat
    08 may 2003 12:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Congolese government has advised the population to refrain from eating monkey meat and and to avoid contact with dead primates, as a preventive measure against the deadly Ebola haemorrhagic fever. Full text...

  • Authorities signal Measles outbreak in central Congo
    08 may 2003 11:48:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- An outbreak of measles has been reported in the town of Djambala, in the central Congolese district of Plateaux where the disease has killed four people, according to State radio. Full text...

  • Mozambique to receive SARS testing equipment
    07 may 2003 21:52:00
    Inhambane- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique will soon obtain laboratory capacity to diagnose cases of the pneumonia-type Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the National Health Director Avertino Barreto has revealed. Full text...

  • Mozambique's HIV prevalence rate estimated at 14.6%
    07 may 2003 20:21:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's current HIV prevalence rate among adults is estimated at around 14. Full text...

  • Ethiopia's religious AIDS Week targets stigma
    07 may 2003 16:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian Orthodox, Muslim and Protestant leaders have affirmed their commitment to influencing their followers in fighting the stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kenya to host conference on drugs for neglected diseases
    07 may 2003 13:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 70 researchers and scientists from across Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe will Thursday converge in Nairobi for a three-day international conference called to address a crisis in research and development of drugs for neglected diseases. Full text...

  • 216 mothers die in every 100,000 births in Benin
    07 may 2003 11:59:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- An average of 216 mothers die out of 100,000 that give births in Benin, according to latest official health statistics. Full text...

  • 2 Seychellois women from Toronto quarantined for SARS
    07 may 2003 11:10:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Two Seychellois women who arrived from Toronto (Canada), were quarantined Monday at the Cape Ternay Medical Centre, east of Mahe, as suspect Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) cases, a source close to the Seychellois Health Ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS home-care givers in Zambia discuss way forward
    06 may 2003 21:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Home care givers to those afflicted by HIV/AIDS in Zambia Tuesday began a two-day workshop here to brainstorm on attracting assistance from international organizations as well as determine new prevention strategies and methods of care for patients. Full text...

  • Uganda sets up SARS hotlines, treatment centres
    06 may 2003 17:38:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Uganda has set up hotlines, coupled with a surveillance desk at Entebbe International Airport and border posts to look out for the atypical pneumonia dubbed Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • 3 million Kenyans are asthmatic
    06 may 2003 17:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Three million Kenyans, or about 10 percent of the country's estimated 30 million population, are suffering from asthma, the National Asthma Association disclosed in Nairobi Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigerian Red Cross uses postage stamps in HIV/AIDS campaign
    06 may 2003 13:00:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) in collaboration with the Nigerian Postal Services has produced two stamps to heighten HIV/AIDS awareness in the country, spokesperson Umo Okon indicated here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Meningitis, measles kill 611 people in Niger
    06 may 2003 10:58:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 611 people have died of meningitis and measles in Niger between 1 January and 20 April this year, Health Minister Mamadou Sourguia told Parliament. Full text...

  • Mozambican Health Minister harps on anti-AIDS fight
    05 may 2003 18:30:00
    Inhambane- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Health Minister Francisco Songane said Monday that the Maputo government considered the fight against HIV/AIDS crucial to national development. Full text...

  • WHO to support production of indigenous anti-malarial drugs
    05 may 2003 15:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is to provide technical support for the development and commercial production of "dihydro-artemisinin," a plant-based anti-malarial medicine reputed to have the highest cure rate for the tropical disease, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has said. Full text...

  • Cholera kills two in northern Zambian northern
    04 may 2003 16:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A fresh cholera outbreak has killed at least two persons in Zambia's northern district of Nchelenge, where 29 others are hospitalised with the infectious waterborne disease, the Zambia Information Service reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan bars passengers from SARS affected countries
    04 may 2003 12:36:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has begun to bar entry to flights from SARS affected countries, the private daily Alraai Aam newspaper reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Traditional midwives train in Equatorial Guinea
    04 may 2003 09:52:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- The ministry of health and social welfare in Equatorial Guinea has embarked on training traditional midwives in order to reduce child mortality. Full text...

  • Brazil to produce anti-retrovirals in Mozambique
    03 may 2003 18:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Brazilian government has expressed interest in manufacturing HIV/AIDS anti-retroviral drugs in Mozambique, the national news agency, AIM, reported in Maputo Saturday. Full text...

  • Stress kills 15 percent of pregnant women in Cote d'Ivoire
    02 may 2003 22:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Figures from the Health ministry indicate that 15 percent of the 300,000 deliveries recorded every year in Cote d'Ivoire present fatal complications arising from stress or anxiety. Full text...

  • Cholera cases increasing in Maputo, Beira
    02 may 2003 20:17:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The number of cholera cases was getting worse in Mozambique's two largest cities of Maputo and Beira, and in the southern province of Gaza, a daily reported on Friday, According to Noticias, Maputo City health director Olivia Ferreira said that 50 cholera patients were being admitted daily at the Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) at the Mavalane General Hospital. Full text...

  • Cameroon cancels 2003 measles, polio vaccine campaign
    02 may 2003 18:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon will not hold national vaccination campaigns in 2003 against measles and poliomyelitis, owing to a high rate of coverage during 2002, a health official said Friday. Full text...

  • Chinese workers assume duty after being quarantined for SARS
    02 may 2003 17:03:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 78 female Chinese workers who were quarantined for 10 days over suspicion of being infected with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, assumed duty Friday morning at the Tian-Li de Belle-Rive factory in central Mauritius, health officials said in Port- Louis. Full text...

  • Three out of ten Mauritians suffer hypertension
    02 may 2003 17:00:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About 30 percent of Mauritians from 30-years-old and above, suffer from hypertension and require medical treatment and care, the Mauritian Society of Cardiologists has disclosed. Full text...

  • WHO welcomes African ministers' call for action against SARS
    02 may 2003 16:12:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday welcomed the call by African health ministers for "appropriate responses" to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and pledged continued support to African countries, many of which have already taken measures to detect and curb the spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Ugandan doctors shun public hospitals, seek greener pastures
    02 may 2003 13:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Quality health care continues to elude Ugandans as doctors desert public hospitals for private practice, citing "poor emoluments" offered by government. Full text...

  • Sickle cell affects 30 percent of population in DR Congo
    02 may 2003 07:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least 30 percent of the population of DR Congo suffer from sickle cell anaemia, while about two percent of newborn babies are affected by the homozygous type, Dr Leon Tshilolo of Monkole Hospital in Kinshasa told journalists here. Full text...

  • Samba lauds role of partners in fight against malaria
    01 may 2003 17:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has commended organisations in the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership for their role in the fight against the disease in the African Region. Full text...

  • African Health ministers end two-day confab in Tripoli
    01 may 2003 17:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- At the close of a conference held 29- 30 April in Tripoli, African health ministers Wednesday urged their respective countries to adopt a common stance on the problem of brain drain, and on support from the World Fund for the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Full text...

  • Africa tightens surveillance over SARS, says WHO
    01 may 2003 16:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African countries have tightened their health surveillance systems with a view to ensuring prompt detection and prevention of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the flu-like disease which has infected more than 5,462 people and killed at least 353 others world-wide, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba said in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Kenyan herbalists seek guidelines on medical collaboration
    30 april 2003 22:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Herbalists in Kenya want the country's health authorities to formulate clear-cut policies so as to enhance speedy developments in herbal and conventional medicine integration research. Full text...

  • WHO declares SARS outbreak under control in Vietnam
    30 april 2003 22:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Vietnam the first country to contain the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak within its borders. Full text...

  • Official says no SARS in Mauritania
    30 april 2003 22:04:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian government spokesman Cheikh Ould Ely, said Wednesday that no case of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus had been reported in the country. Full text...

  • Mozambican hospitals ready to deal with SARS
    30 april 2003 21:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican hospitals at central and provincial levels are ready to deal with possible cases of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, which has triggered worldwide panic, health officials said in Maputo Wednesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo orders airport screening for SARS
    30 april 2003 17:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday directed that health officials be stationed at all international airports to screen travellers into the country for the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. Full text...

  • Lagos government alerts residents on SARS
    30 april 2003 15:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Lagos government has alerted residents of Nigeria's most-populous city to prepare for possible outbreak of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus that has infected more than 5,000 and killed 353 people in 29 countries, according to the World Health Organisation. Full text...

  • African health ministers attend conference in Tripoli
    30 april 2003 12:13:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ministers from 39 African states are on the second day of the first ordinary conference of be held under the African Union (AU), which opened here Tuesday to examine the continent's deteriorating health conditions. Full text...

  • South African suspected of having SARS dies in hospital
    30 april 2003 07:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African businessman who was hospitalised with symptoms associated with SARS -- the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -- has died at the Pretoria East Hospital, health authorities said Wednesday. Full text...

  • French surgeons separate Siamese twins from Niger
    29 april 2003 21:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Two Siamese twins from Niger were successfully separated Tuesday in Paris in a surgery carried out by a team at Necker Pediatric Hospital, sources there confirmed. Full text...

  • Imams join fight against AIDS in Mali
    29 april 2003 21:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian League of Imams and Islamic Scholars (LIMAMA) has resolved to use Friday prayer sessions to sensitise Malians on HIV/AIDS, Imam El Hadj Mohamed Fode Cisse affirmed while launching the initiative that is backed by the NGO Population Service International-Mali (PSI-Mali) and USAID. Full text...

  • Brussels to host conference on heart diseases in Africa
    29 april 2003 20:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A conference on heart diseases in Africa has been slated for 10-12 May in Brussels, the Belgian capital, the organisers have announced. Full text...

  • Christian group challenges abortion law in South Africa
    29 april 2003 16:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Hearing began Tuesday in the suit filed by South Africa's Christian Lawyers Association (CLA) challenging the legal rights of a pregnant girl to terminate her pregnancy without the consent of her parent(s) or guardian. Full text...

  • Swazi AIDS carrier informs lovers of her status before dying
    29 april 2003 10:45:00
    Kwaluseni- Swaziland (PANA) -- A female student at the University of Swaziland's Kwaluseni campus has left a handful of lovers in misery after she informed them she had AIDS shortly before succumbing to the scourge. Full text...

  • Tripoli to host African health ministers confab
    28 april 2003 12:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan capital, Tripoli, will Tuesday and Wednesday host the first ordinary session of the Conference of African Health Ministers, conference sources disclosed Monday. Full text...

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