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  • 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...

  • UNCIEF to spend US$5 million to combat AIDS in Ethiopia
    28 april 2003 11:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF has allocated over US$5 million to finance integrated HIV/AIDS intervention activities in Ethiopia this year, the children agency's country representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, said here Monday. Full text...

  • WHO, Swazi health officials to meet on SARS
    28 april 2003 10:21:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi health authorities and World Health Organization (WHO) officials are to meet Monday to devise an approach towards preventing the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the country. Full text...

  • Southern Algeria in dire need of specialised doctors
    27 april 2003 19:42:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- There is barely one specialised physician for every 12,500, a dentist for every 14,000 and a general practitioner for every 2,333 inhabitants in Algeria's southern towns, according to the statistics issued by the health ministry. Full text...

  • Mauritania slates health survey for May
    27 april 2003 19:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A health survey planned by the World Health Organization (WHO) for 67 countries, including Mauritania, will be launched here early May, official sources indicated. Full text...

  • Malaria remains Africa's major burden
    26 april 2003 13:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Malaria continues to be a major killer disease that kills over a million lives of pregnant women and children below the age of five years in sub-Saharan Africa every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Malaria kills 50,000 Malians yearly
    25 april 2003 21:20:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malaria, which represents 33 percent of medical consultations in Mali, kills about 50,000 persons each year, the health ministry announced Friday in Bamako on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day. Full text...

  • Malaria leads health problems in Africa - WHO official
    25 april 2003 20:21:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Malaria continues to be the number one health problem in Africa, claiming millions of lives annually on the continent, James Mwanzia, World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in the Gambia, said Friday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Zambia to dwarf malaria cases with new drug
    25 april 2003 19:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian health authorities Friday expressed "great optimism" that the incidence of malaria would be slashed in coming years by increased use of insecticide treated bed-nets and introduction of a new drug called 'Coartem'. Full text...

  • SADC recommits to fulfil Abuja malaria declaration
    25 april 2003 16:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Some 11 countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Friday mounted a joint observance of Africa Malaria Day, with renewals to a previous pledge to halt the spread of the deadly tropical disease, associated with poverty. Full text...

  • Malaria remains top killer of children, says WHO
    25 april 2003 16:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds, and remains one of the most important threats to the health of pregnant women and their newborns, said Carol Bellamy the executive director of UNICEF. Full text...

  • Samba urges protection of pregnant women, children from malaria.
    25 april 2003 15:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As Africa commemorates the third Malaria Day Friday, Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa, has called on collaborators and partners to join hands with governments of the region to protect pregnant women and children. Full text...

  • Nigerian hospitals prepare for SARS
    25 april 2003 13:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Though Nigeria is yet to record any cases of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), state-controlled hospitals in the country have started preparing their staffers to handle the disease in line with a federal government directive, health officials said. Full text...

  • Congolese capital reports 100,000 cases of malaria in 3 months
    25 april 2003 09:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- More than 100,000 cases of malaria have been reported in Brazzaville since the beginning of this year, Congolese health minister Alain Moka disclosed on the eve of Africa Malaria Day, being observed Friday across the continent. Full text...

  • Malaria kills about 500,000 people yearly in DRC
    24 april 2003 23:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Malaria kills about 500,000 people every year in DR Congo, the director of the National Malaria Control Programme Dr Celestin Nsibu has revealed. Full text...

  • French NGO denounces Pretoria's AIDS policy
    24 april 2003 21:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Activists from the Paris branch of the NGO Act Up on Thursday staged a sit-in at the South African embassy here to denounce the policy of the Pretoria regime regarding access to anti-retrovirals for South African HIV-positive patients. Full text...

  • Mauritius-bound ships now require SARS report
    24 april 2003 20:58:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Port Authority (MPA) Thursday announced that ships bound for Port Louis would now be required to submit a report on suspected cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) 12 hours before docking at the port. Full text...

  • WWF says rising anxiety for herbal medicine threatens flora
    24 april 2003 20:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The resurgence of enthusiasm for traditional medicine is leading to over-harvesting of plants from the wild for medicinal use, the World Wide Fund for Nature warns in a new recent study. Full text...

  • Namibia screens for SARS at ports of entry
    24 april 2003 20:01:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia has set up screening facilities at the main ports of entry at Hosea Kutako International Airport and at Eros here to screen visitors for the flu-like SARS virus, Health Minister Dr Libertina Amathila said Thursday. Full text...

  • UNICEF begins immunising 7 million children in Angola
    24 april 2003 19:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- UNICEF plans to intensify its campaign to immunise at least seven million children in Angola in the next few years, Executive Director Carol Bellamy said here during a stop-over from Luanda. Full text...

  • 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...

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