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  • 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...

  • SARS alert in Mozambique
    22 april 2003 18:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican health authorities said although no case of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had be reported in the country, medical personnel at the ports and border posts have been placed on alert. Full text...

  • Meningitis, measles kill 370 persons in Niger
    22 april 2003 18:30:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Meningitis and measles killed 370 people in Niger between January and March 2003, says the latest report issued here by the Early Alert System and the Management of Disasters (SAP/GC). Full text...

  • Angola gets special anti-SARS unit
    22 april 2003 18:02:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The Angolan Health ministry has set up a special unit at the Luanda International Airport to prevent the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus from entering the country, officials said. Full text...

  • Kigali takes preventive measures against SARS
    22 april 2003 17:07:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- The Rwandan government has warned its citizens against travelling to Asia in precaution against catching the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), according to reports from a cabinet meeting here. Full text...

  • Nigeria to draw from $15m HIV/AIDS grant
    22 april 2003 12:19:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria will from July start drawing from the US$15 million grant from the World Bank to combat the HIV/AIDS pandemic in West Africa, the country's chair of National Action Committee on AIDS (NACA), Babatunde Osotimehin, has said in Abuja. Full text...

  • Kenyan scientist sues for DDT use in malaria war
    22 april 2003 09:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The director of Kenya's foremost medical research organ, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Davy Koech, has called for the re-introduction of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) pesticide in the fight against the spread of malaria, provided it is used responsibly. Full text...

  • Mauritians new arrivals from China over SARS
    21 april 2003 20:17:00
    Port-Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- In the wake of fears of atypical pneumonia currently spreading in China and other parts of the world, a Mauritian political party and the NGO, Committee for Health Improvement are protesting the planned arrival of 100 Chinese workers here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria records low use of mosquito nets
    20 april 2003 15:28:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- As Nigeria prepares to commemorate Africa Malaria Day on 25 April, only 1 million insecticide-treated bed nets (ITNs) are in circulation in the country of 120 million people, according to a UNICEF official, Emmanuel Gemade. Full text...

  • Kenya takes grassroots HIV/AIDS bodies to drawing board
    20 april 2003 15:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan health authorities have announced plans to overhaul the country's Constituency-based AIDS Control Committees (CACCs) to strengthen the fight against the pandemic, said to be killing over 700 Kenyans daily. Full text...

  • Minister denies SARS has been diagnosed in Morocco
    20 april 2003 10:11:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's health minister Mohamed Cheikh Biadillah has denied allegations by the Qatari television Al Jazeera that a case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had been diagnosed in the Maghreb kingdom. Full text...

  • Malaria cases increase in Western Kenya's Nyanza
    20 april 2003 09:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Malaria cases in western Kenya's Kisumu District of Nyanza Province increased by more than 100% between January and March compared to the corresponding period last year, the official Kenya News Agency (KNA) reported. Full text...

  • SARS: Mauritian agency against hiring of Chinese workers
    19 april 2003 19:42:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian Association of Tour Operators (AIOM) said Saturday the country's planned recruitment of a new group of Chinese workers could hurt Mauritian tourism in view of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak in Asia. Full text...

  • Mauritania takes preventive measures against SARS
    18 april 2003 23:37:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's health officials have taken important preventive measures against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) at Nouakchott's airport. Full text...

  • Conjunctivitis flare-up in Mauritius
    18 april 2003 19:13:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 2,176 cases of conjunctivitis were recorded in public hospitals in Mauritius between 1 and 16 April as against 2,023 in March, medical sources said on Friday. Full text...

  • Pharmacopoeia studies in DRC for scrutiny in Spain
    18 april 2003 08:18:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Two studies undertaken on traditional medicine and herbal medicine in DR Congo are scheduled for presentation at the 5th European ethno-pharmacology colloquium slated for 8-10 May in Valencia, Spain. Full text...

  • Rabies vaccination drive under way in Burkina Faso
    17 april 2003 20:33:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe Animal Resources Ministry has launched an intensive nationwide vaccination campaign against rabies. Full text...

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