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  • Pasteur Centre resumes HIV control tests in Cameroon
    15 may 2003 17:09:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The Pasteur Centre in Yaounde resumes viral charge control testing Monday for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLA), suspended two months ago due to equipment failure, sources at the centre told PANA Thursday. Full text...

  • Somalia, Sudan near threshold of polio eradication
    15 may 2003 13:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- No polio cases were reported so far this year in Somalia and Sudan ten years after UNICEF and the WHO launched campaigns to eradicate the disease in both war-torn countries, a UNICEF official said here Thursday. Full text...

  • New report says AIDS is leading killer in South Africa
    15 may 2003 11:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A new report compiled by the local Medical Research Council has identified AIDS as the leading cause of death in South Africa, though the government earlier disputed the findings. Full text...

  • Congolese authorities end quarantine on Cuvette Ouest
    14 may 2003 22:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Reassured by the absence of new deaths, the Congolese government has lifted a quarantine on Cuvette Ouest, where the Ebola epidemic had been rife, although the authorities are still to declare an end to the disease that claimed 128 lives. Full text...

  • Sudanese health minister identifies mystery disease as malaria
    14 may 2003 18:43:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudanese Health Minister Ahmed Bilal Osman has identified the "mystery disease" that has killed at least 11 people and infected 178 others in the country's southern Equatoria region as malignant malaria. Full text...

  • Kenya to reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence by 30%
    14 may 2003 14:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's local government minister Karisa Maitha on Wednesday announced a plan to reduce the rate of HIV prevalence in his country by 30% among youths by 2005. Full text...

  • Group says Africa needs urgent HIV prevention programmes
    14 may 2003 13:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An international HIV Prevention Group has emphasised the need for urgent prevention programmes for youths and adults at the greatest risk of contracting HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Niger's anti-polio immunisation drive underway
    13 may 2003 21:01:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger has begun immunising people against poliomyelitis (polio) in two regions of Maradi and Zinder where four cases of the polio virus were detected between 2002 and 2003. Full text...

  • Rwanda has 260,000 AIDS orphans
    13 may 2003 20:48:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has some 260,000 AIDS orphans, according to official statistics released in Kigali Monday. Full text...

  • Zambia to launch massive anti-measles vaccination
    13 may 2003 20:36:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zambia, with donor support amounting to 5. Full text...

  • Ghanaian woman sues hospital over alleged false HIV test result
    13 may 2003 18:19:00
    Tema- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian woman, who claims to have been falsely diagnosed as HIV positive at the Battor Catholic Hospital in the country's Volta Region has filed a suit at the Ho High Court seeking damages from the hospital. Full text...

  • WHO team in South Sudan over mystery disease
    13 may 2003 17:57:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) ) -- A team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has arrived in South Sudan where a mystery disease has killed at least 10 people and infected 178 others, the local press reported in Khartoum Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria equips airports with thermometers to check SARS
    13 may 2003 12:21:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Authorities have installed infrared thermometers at five international airports in Nigeria as part of efforts to screen air passengers for SARS, Health Minister Alphonsus Nwosu said. Full text...

  • South African govt launches Anthrax vaccination
    13 may 2003 12:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African agriculture authorities have launched an Anthrax vaccination campaign after two cases of the disease were confirmed this week in the North West Province. Full text...

  • Malawi joins SARS alert
    13 may 2003 10:56:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- The soaring occurrence of the pneumonia-like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Asia and reports of a case turned negative in neighbouring South Africa, has jostled Malawi government officials to full attention. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak in Blantyre kills one, infects 8 others
    13 may 2003 09:57:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Health authorities in Malawi have stepped up efforts to contain a cholera outbreak that has hit Malawi's commercial capital, Blantyre, where one person has been confirmed dead from the diarrhoeal disease. Full text...

  • SARS scare grips Nigeria
    10 may 2003 15:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Even though no case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been officially identified in Nigeria, the country has been gripped by the SARS scare, with reports of suspected cases popping up in the local media. Full text...

  • Tanzania gears to cut HIV/AIDS prevalence by 30 percent
    10 may 2003 12:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania unveiled Saturday a plan of action aimed at reducing the rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the country by 30 percent by 2007 in a new effort to halt the alarming spread of the incurable pandemic. Full text...

  • WHO team to investigate disease in southern Sudan
    10 may 2003 09:30:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A team from the World Health Organization office in Nairobi is expected in southern Sudan Tuesday to investigate the disease that killed at least seven people in a village near the border with Uganda recently. Full text...

  • Brussels to host conference hypertension in Africa
    09 may 2003 22:29:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- An international conference on high blood pressure in Africa convenes Saturday in Brussels, organisers disclosed in the Belgian capital Friday. Full text...

  • Zambian junior doctors continue go-slow
    09 may 2003 13:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Junior doctors in Zambia's government hospitals continued with their go-slow on Friday despite pleas from health minister Brian Chituwo that they should return to work and allow the Central Board of Health (CBH) to sort out their grievances. Full text...

  • Alleged Ebola outbreak rattles northern Ugandan district
    09 may 2003 13:10:00
    Gulu- Uganda, (PANA) -- Following reports that an outbreak of the haemorrhagic Ebola fever had in the last 8 days claimed 45 southern Sudan, local authorities in northern Uganda have issued a travel alert in the border district of Kitgum. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe issues SARS alert
    09 may 2003 12:15:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister David Parirenyatwa Friday raised a national alert for the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), but stopped short of cautioning against travel to countries and regions in Asia and North America where the deadly disease is most prevalent. Full text...

  • King Mswati's suite screened for SARS upon returning from UK
    09 may 2003 12:09:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- No member of the delegation that accompanied Swazi King Mswati III to the UK tested positive to the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus when they returned home Thursday afternoon. Full text...

  • South Africa announces potent treatment for erection problems
    09 may 2003 11:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African men plagued by erection problems will soon be able to buy a new product from pharmacies countrywide, which will give them more than an 80 percent chance of boosting their libido. Full text...

  • Churches claim donors neglect them in war against HIV/AIDS
    08 may 2003 21:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An executive for the southern Africa region of the World Council of Churches, Dr. Full text...

  • 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...

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