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  • Mauritius to stem exodus of nurses
    18 august 2002 19:15:00
    Port-Louis- Maurice (PANA) -- The Mauritian government plans to review the working conditions of nurses as part of efforts to retain their services, a Health Ministry official said in Port Louis Sunday. Full text...

  • Nigeria's plan to eradicate polio suffers setback
    17 august 2002 15:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's efforts to eradicate polio have suffered a setback, with the discovery of the highly infectious disease in the central Plateau state. Full text...

  • Port Sudan heat stroke death toll rises to 25
    17 august 2002 14:14:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- At least 25 people have so far died following a wave of heat strokes in Port Sudan, Sudan's Red Sea port, news reports from the region indicated Saturday. Full text...

  • Burkina to set up anti-meningitis strategies
    17 august 2002 12:09:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Regional public health directors in Burkina Faso on Friday examined an assessment report of this year's meningitis epidemic which, killed 1,422 out of the 12,928 cases diagnosed in the country. Full text...

  • Zambia sets out guidelines on anti-retrovirals
    16 august 2002 20:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian Health Minister Brian Chituwo Said here Friday that government-procured anti-retroviral drugs would be administered to clinically tested HIV/AIDS patients only. Full text...

  • WHO to help Madagascar against flu epidemic
    16 august 2002 12:40:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The UN World Health Organisation has responded positively to a request by Madagascar to help it fight against the flu raging in the Great Indian Ocean Island for some weeks now. Full text...

  • WHO to help Madagascar fight flu epidemic
    16 august 2002 10:01:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) has responded positively to a distress call from Madagascar, where a flu epidemic has been raging in the last few weeks. Full text...

  • Africa grapples with mother-to-child HIV transmission
    14 august 2002 16:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Africa south of Sahara is still locked in the struggle to contain mother-to-child transmission of the HIV virus, unlike in developed countries where research and proactive measures in that direction have all but made a breakthrough. Full text...

  • Uganda secures funding for supply of anti-retrovirals
    14 august 2002 13:41:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The government of Uganda has announced a 9-million dollar maiden plan to provide free anti-retroviral treatment for more than 2,000 HIV/AIDS patients in a countrywide pilot project. Full text...

  • 27 children die from unknown disease in Somalia
    14 august 2002 10:59:00
    Mogadishu- Somalia (PANA) -- Some 27 children are reported to have died from an unknown disease at Faro-gure village in the Somali southern Juba region. Full text...

  • Veterinary Doctors build peace in Karamojong communities
    13 august 2002 17:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- For years, and with little success, governments in East Africa have been grappling with the task of eradicating small arms and stemming inter-community conflicts in Karamojong, a strip on the Kenya-Uganda border. Full text...

  • 117 cases of measles reported in Angola's eastern province
    13 august 2002 17:38:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- At least 117 cases of measles have been reported in Lucusse, in Angola's eastern Moxico province since the beginning of August, according to medical sources in the province. Full text...

  • Uganda secures $9 million to supply free anti-retrovirals
    13 august 2002 16:10:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- The Ugandan government Tuesday announced a pilot project to provide free anti-retroviral treatment worth $9 million US dollars for more than 2000 HIV/AIDS patients throughout the country. Full text...

  • Madagascar seeks WHO assistance to fight flu
    13 august 2002 15:28:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Malagasy government has called on the World Health Organisation (WHO) to help it contain a flu epidemic raging the country. Full text...

  • Survey finds South African province equipped for AIDS care
    13 august 2002 14:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Most clinics in Gauteng, South Africa's richest province, have the infrastructure to provide comprehensive HIV/AIDS care, a survey conducted by Health Systems Trust (HST) has found. Full text...

  • Survey shows alarming AIDS situation in Guinea
    12 august 2002 23:52:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- About 42 percent of prostitutes in Guinea are HIV-positive, it was disclosed here Monday during a review of the first national survey on HIV/AIDS seroprevalence in the country. Full text...

  • Low infant mortality rate goal eludes Benin
    12 august 2002 21:26:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin has failed to attain its own goal of cutting down the infant mortality rate, according to results of a recent demographic and health survey published here Monday. Full text...

  • West African medical students want more info on AIDS
    12 august 2002 19:16:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Participants of the fifth regional conference of the West African Medical Students Network that ended here at the weekend have resolved to step up the fight against AIDS, tobacco addiction and the discrimination of mental patients. Full text...

  • 117 measles cases reported in eastern Angola
    12 august 2002 18:32:00
    Luena- Angola (PANA) -- Health authorities in Angola have reported an outbreak of measles in the eastern Moxico province with 117 cases registered at Lucusse commune hospital. Full text...

  • South African x-ray imaging system to be marketed in the US
    12 august 2002 13:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The world's first-ever digital, full-body, low dosage x-ray diagnostic imaging system, Lodox has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), effectively granting permission for the system to be marketed in America. Full text...

  • Niger physicians warn on overuse of flavourings
    11 august 2002 16:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Excessive use of flavourings can lead to cardiovascular complications, a cardiologist in Niger has warned. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean doctors end strike
    10 august 2002 19:41:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Junior doctors in Zimbabwe ended their two-week strike Saturday after government agreed to award them a 37-percent pay increase and more overtime allowances, the doctors said. Full text...

  • Kenya's second city acts to contain cholera outbreak
    10 august 2002 14:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Medical authorities in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa and three of its four outlying divisions have been placed on high alert following a cholera outbreak in the area. Full text...

  • British couple donates equipment to Mauritius hospital
    10 august 2002 11:49:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A British couple, James and Angela Hancock, have donated equipment worth 33,000 US dollars to the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital in the north of the island. Full text...

  • Togo's mining sector badly hit by AIDS
    09 august 2002 19:53:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo's mining sector, with an HIV-prevalence rate of between 10 and 12 percent, is the sector worst hit by AIDS in the country, according to health officials. Full text...

  • Cardiologists meet in Mauritius
    09 august 2002 18:06:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About 225 cardiologists from around the world will on Saturday start a six-day conference in northern Mauritius to discuss ways of tackling heart diseases. Full text...

  • Zambia permits clinical trial of Chinese HIV/AIDS remedy
    09 august 2002 16:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Government of Zambia has given the go-ahead to clinical trial of a remedy developed by a Chinese scientist to treat HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Health authorities phase out chloroquine in Cameroon
    09 august 2002 13:32:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Health minister Urbain Olanguena Awono said chloroquine was being gradually replaced in Cameroon by amodiaquine, better known as flavoquine, for the treatment of malaria. Full text...

  • More cases of tuberculosis recorded in Brazzaville
    09 august 2002 13:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A paediatrician has disclosed a growing rate of tuberculosis among children in Congo, blaming precarious living conditions, the drop in natural body defence agents, malnutrition and prolonged contacts with TB sufferers. Full text...

  • Flu kills more than 280 people in Madagascar
    09 august 2002 11:07:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The flu epidemic currently raging in Madagascar has killed 283 out of the 3,857 cases diagnosed in the Indian Ocean island, according to statistics issued by the health ministry in Antananarivo. Full text...

  • About 200,000 Sierra Leoneans living with HIV/AIDS
    08 august 2002 16:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- An academician has urged the Sierra Leonean government to take immediate steps to prevent the further spread of the incurable HIV/AIDS which currently affects 5 % of the country population. Full text...

  • Increase in malnourished children in Cameroon
    08 august 2002 16:34:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- More children are suffering from delayed growth or and weight defects in Cameroon because of malnutrition, according to latest report by the Public Investment and Town Planning Ministry. Full text...

  • Foday Sankoh falls sick in detention in Freetown
    08 august 2002 08:47:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The leader of the defunct rebel Revolutionary United Front of Sierra Leone, Cpl. Full text...

  • Medical aid agency hails Burundi's new drug policy
    07 august 2002 20:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The international medical relief agency, Doctors without Borders (MSF), has praised Burundi's new engagement which gives hope to large numbers of people suffering and dying from malaria every year in the country. Full text...

  • 1,250 Botswana diamond workers infected with HIV
    07 august 2002 20:01:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Some 1,250 workers of Botswana's major Debswana diamond mining Company, are infected with HIV/AIDS, according to an official of the Company. Full text...

  • Malagasy capital threatened by flu epidemic
    07 august 2002 15:09:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A flu epidemic that has killed about 175 people in the central southern region of Madagascar, is drawing near the high lands threatening Antananarivo, the Indian Ocean Island nation's capital. Full text...

  • Study launched on venous thrombosis on airline passengers
    07 august 2002 14:11:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched a comprehensive research programme to investigate the still unresolved issues regarding air travellers' deep vein thrombosis. Full text...

  • South African mining giant to distribute anti-AIDS drugs
    07 august 2002 12:07:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African mining giant Anglo American on Tuesday announced that it plans to start distributing anti-AIDS drugs to its workers living with the incurable HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • African health experts discuss disease control
    06 august 2002 15:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Experts from eight African countries are meeting in Nairobi on the control of parasitic diseases on the continent. Full text...

  • Rabies break out in northern Zambia
    06 august 2002 11:04:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health authorities have started an anti- rabies campaign in Zambia's northern copper and cobalt mining town of Chililabombwe, following the outbreak of rabies. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso hosts sub-regional conference of medics
    05 august 2002 23:06:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The 5th sub-regional conference of the West African Network of Medicine Students (REMAO) kicked off Monday evening in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Mali gets WHO Health-and-Tobacco award
    05 august 2002 19:57:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday awarded its Health-and-Tobacco prize to the Malian government, in recognition of the work of the organising committee of the last Africa Cup of Nations finals (COCAN). Full text...

  • UN envoy pitches for women's rights over AIDS
    05 august 2002 17:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS pandemic has become a woman's disease that will require tremendous efforts from African governments in order to see a breakthrough, UN special envoy for AIDS, Stephen Lewis said Monday. Full text...

  • 10,000 vaccinated against meningitis in northern Burundi
    05 august 2002 12:34:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- At least 10,000 persons have received doses of anti-meningitis vaccine in Burundi's northern provinces where the disease broke out 17 July, health ministry sources said Monday in Bujumbura. Full text...

  • Angolan conflict exacerbates AIDS crisis
    18 june 2002 13:17:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Emerging from three decades of civil war, Angola is up against an HIV/AIDS crisis largely exacerbated by the conflict, health experts and aids agencies point out. Full text...

  • Burundi launches vaccination campaign against polio, measles
    18 june 2002 11:33:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- The 6th national vaccination campaign against measles and poliomyelitis kicked off Monday across Burundi. Full text...

  • Reunion launches campaign against premature pregnancies
    18 june 2002 11:06:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Health and social welfare workers in Reunion (DRASS) have launched a sensitisation campaign against unwanted pregnancies, official sources said Monday. Full text...

  • UNICEF to provide impregnated mosquito nets in Angola
    17 june 2002 23:16:00
    Kuito- Jun 17 (Angop) -- UNICEF will distribute impregnated mosquito nets to UNITA soldiers in the quartering areas of central Bie province, the agency's representative, Leopoldina Neto, said here Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria building special water laboratories
    17 june 2002 13:48:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria is building six reference water laboratories across the country as part of efforts to achieve clean water delivery to the population. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to vaccinate two million children against measles
    17 june 2002 08:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said Monday two million children under the age of five will be vaccinated against measles next month, under a disease-control programme jointly funded by the government and UNICEF. Full text...

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