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  • West African journalists discuss STDs/AIDS control
    13 april 2003 19:21:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A group of West African journalists is undergoing training in Porto Novo 31 km southeast of Cotonou, on the control of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) such as HIV/AIDS and other endemic ailments. Full text...

  • 10 percent of transfused blood in Africa untested for AIDS, says
    13 april 2003 18:46:00
    WHO Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- About 10 percent of blood banks used for transfusion in the 46 countries of WHO African region is not tested for HIV/AIDS, according Jean-Baptiste Takpo, an Adviser to WHO/Africa on blood transfusion. Full text...

  • Reunion provides AIDS training to Namibian doctors
    13 april 2003 17:58:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- A group of Namibian doctors has concluded AIDS training in Windhoek, with the support of Reunion's NGO RIVE, and the Reunion Department Hospital Centre (CHD), officials said in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • 64 percent of Mauritanian students have used tobacco, says survey
    13 april 2003 17:47:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- About 64 percent of Mauritanian students aged between 12 and 15, have used tobacco, according to results of a national survey released Sunday. Full text...

  • Stakeholders review population progress in Nigeria
    13 april 2003 16:45:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Stakeholders met in Nigeria's capital, Abuja this weekend to review the country's progress in population and development, 10 years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, Egypt. Full text...

  • South African Church leaders resolve to fight HIV/AIDS
    13 april 2003 16:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Church leaders in South Africa resolved at the weekend to fight HIV/AIDS "with the same passion and vigour" with which apartheid was fought. Full text...

  • Tourists under health control in Equatorial Guinea
    13 april 2003 15:56:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- Tourists visiting Equatorial Guinea will from now on be placed under the control of the health authorities upon arrival at Malabo Airport as part of the preventive measures against the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) raging world-wide, the health ministry said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Tunisia takes measures against SARS
    13 april 2003 12:41:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- Tunisian authorities have taken drastic measures to stop any risk of transmission of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) that appeared last month in South China and southeastern Asian countries, Public Health Minister Habib M'barek has said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe on high alert for SARS
    13 april 2003 12:30:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe on Sunday placed its health institutions on high alert for the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic sweeping across the world, and set up a taskforce of medical experts to tackle the deadly disease if it broke out in the country. Full text...

  • Benin takes measures against SARS
    13 april 2003 12:11:00
    Cotonou Benin (PANA) -- Benin officials have set up surveillance teams at the country's border entry points aimed at detecting possible victims of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) from Asia, Europe and America. Full text...

  • Bissau takes measures against SARS disease
    12 april 2003 19:30:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- Guinea-Bissau's health minister Antonio Mballo Friday urged residents of the country to "report to a health centre as soon as they experience respiratory problems or other symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Zambian health minister allays fear over SARS victim
    12 april 2003 17:59:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's health minister Brian Chituwo has allayed fears that a woman admitted in Lusaka Friday night might have come down with the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Lobbyists urge US Senate to endorse Bush's plan for AIDS
    12 april 2003 13:58:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- The Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa (CARA) -- an affiliate of Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) -- has commended the leadership of the US Senate for showing interest in HIV/AIDS control and prevention programmes in Africa. Full text...

  • Measles breaks out in Yamoussoukro center for displaced
    11 april 2003 23:32:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Some 50 cases of measles have been reported in the Mie Gou center that currently hosts 18,000 war-displaced persons in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian political capital 242 km north of here, NGO workers in the area told PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Cholera kills four out of 210 cases in southern Burundi
    11 april 2003 22:01:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Cholera has killed four out of 210 cases reported to hospitals since 10 February in Rumonge, the Lake Tangayika shore town 70 km south of Bujumbura, health officials reported Friday. Full text...

  • Gambia issues travel advisory on SARS
    11 april 2003 21:19:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia government Friday issued a travel advisory restricting its citizens from travelling to East Asian countries in the face of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Full text...

  • Ghanaian AIDS manager says programmes must focus on patients
    11 april 2003 18:46:00
    Kumasi- Ghana (PANA) -- Kofi Asare, Ghana's Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services said Friday that HIV/AIDS control programmes in the country must focus more on the concern of People Living With AIDS (PLWHA). Full text...

  • WHO Africa boss due in Cameroon
    11 april 2003 18:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa was due to start a visit to Cameroon Friday, officials said in Yaounde. Full text...

  • Zambian woman suspected of contracting SARS
    11 april 2003 17:03:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Zambian woman, who had travelled to Hong Kong recently has been admitted to a Lusaka hospital on suspicion of contracting the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) ailment. Full text...

  • WHO, UNICEF fund Zambia's measles campaign
    11 april 2003 16:43:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) on Friday said that they would pump seven million US dollars into a weeklong campaign in May to fight measles in the country. Full text...

  • Anger at S. African govt's delays in signing AIDS accord
    11 april 2003 16:11:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has come under fire once again for its HIV/AIDS policies after it failed to sign an agreement which would see the distribution of more than US$42 million into KwaZulu-Natal, the province worst hit by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • No SARS case reported in Niger
    11 april 2003 12:42:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- No case of the dreaded Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a deadly strain of pneumonia, has been reported in Niger, the Public Health and Endemic Control department said in a statement issued here Friday. Full text...

  • Plane with suspected SARS carriers grounded at Cape Town
    11 april 2003 08:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An Air Malaysian aircraft was grounded Friday morning at Cape Town International Airport following reports that its passengers may have contracted the deadly flu-like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. Full text...

  • Itinerary of anti-malaria caravan leaves out Swaziland
    11 april 2003 08:13:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- A health official here has taken issue with a subregional anti-malaria campaign launched Thursday in South Africa, the itinerary of which he said does not include the kingdom of Swaziland. Full text...

  • Swazi deputy premier calls for arrest of malicious HIV carriers
    10 april 2003 09:52:00
    Lobamba- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi deputy Prime Minister Arthur Khoza has suggested the arrest of carriers who knowingly spread the AIDS virus (HIV). Full text...

  • Burundi mobilises against SARS
    09 april 2003 19:51:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Health authorities in Burundi have embarked on a sensitisation campaign to prevent the global epidemic of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a deadly strain of pneumonia. Full text...

  • Kenya issues travel advisory on SARS
    09 april 2003 16:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan nationals have been advised to defer travelling to the Far East until the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been contained, deputy Health minister Gideon Konchellah told Parliament Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya Govt intensifies war on HIV/AIDS
    09 april 2003 15:18:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya government has set aside 1. Full text...

  • Mali launches border controls to prevent SARS
    09 april 2003 12:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian government has introduced health checks in the country's airports on all passengers from Asia, Europe and America, in a bid to prevent the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) pneumonia from entering the country, the local media reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • UNFPA denies reported plan to quit Nigeria
    09 april 2003 12:29:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) has denied a local newspaper report that it plans to withdraw its services from Nigeria in 2007. Full text...

  • Zambian prison official rejects condoms, sex for prisoners
    09 april 2003 10:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A top official of the Zambia Prison Service has dismissed as "madness" suggestions for the distribution of condoms among prisoners and also rejected the idea of special houses being built where inmates could have sex with their partners. Full text...

  • Japanese donates large quantities of vaccines to Benin
    08 april 2003 21:30:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Japanese ambassador to Benin Yuji Kurokawa on Tuesday afternoon handed over vaccines and cold storage facilities worth about 1. Full text...

  • Senegal sets up anti-SARS Committee
    08 april 2003 17:50:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese Health ministry has set up a Committee for the prevention of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which has killed at least 100 world-wide, especially in China and Hong Kong, health officials said Tuesday in Dakar. Full text...

  • Cameroon adopts measures against SARS
    08 april 2003 12:28:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Nationals and foreigners living in Cameroon have been urged to postpone travelling to the People's Republic of China due to the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic raging in that country. Full text...

  • Mauritania launches vast immunisation campaign
    08 april 2003 11:42:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritania's World Health Day celebrations on Monday coincided with the launching of a vast immunisation campaign in Nouakchott, the country's capital. Full text...

  • No SARS cases reported in Mali
    08 april 2003 11:28:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Since the World Health Organization raised the alarm over the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), a deadly strain of pneumonia, no case of the disease has been reported in Mali, a health source said in Bamako on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Congo adopts preventive measures against SARS
    08 april 2003 10:14:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo has adopted a series of preventive measures against severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which broke out a few weeks ago in several countries, notably in Asia, state radio said on Tuesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Second suspected case of SARS rocks South Africa
    08 april 2003 08:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A second suspected case of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been reported in South Africa, sending shock waves across the country. Full text...

  • Epidemics cause 70 percent of infant deaths in Africa
    08 april 2003 00:02:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The regional director for Africa of the World Health Organization (WHO), Ibrahim Samba, declared Monday in Luanda that more than 70 percent of infant deaths in Africa are caused by acute respiratory diseases, diarrhoea, measles, malaria and AIDS. Full text...

  • Samba warns Africans to maintain safe environment
    07 april 2003 21:54:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Ebrahim Samba on Monday warned that the health of all societies depends on healthy generations of children. Full text...

  • South African nurses withdraw from anti-AIDS treatment body
    07 april 2003 21:31:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the South African Nursing Council (SANC) on Monday withdrew from activities of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC). Full text...

  • No case of SARS reported in Mauritius
    07 april 2003 20:52:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius has recorded no case of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Health ministry said Monday, allaying fears that an Air Mauritius pilot hospitalised Sunday had come down with the disease. Full text...

  • Infant mortality swells in Cameroon
    07 april 2003 20:36:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- About 78 children out of every 1,000 die before their first birthday in Cameroon, the public health ministry indicated Monday as the country observed the 55th World Health Day anniversary. Full text...

  • Cape Verde issues SARS alert
    07 april 2003 18:02:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Health authorities in Cape Verde have issued an alert on the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), that has killed up to 70 people especially in Asia Health officials in Praia said no case of the disease had been reported in Cape Verde, but authorities were at "alert. Full text...

  • Kenya MPs challenge President, colleagues to screen for AIDS
    07 april 2003 16:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- With an estimated 3 million Kenyans infected, and an average 700 of them dying daily of HIV/AIDS, two parliamentarians have challenged fellow MPs as well as President Mwai Kibaki to test for the deadly virus and thus encourage the wider public to undergo screening. Full text...

  • Angola gets WHO grant to fight measles
    07 april 2003 13:55:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has granted Angola some US$4. Full text...

  • South Africa marks World Health Day
    07 april 2003 13:23:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's health minister Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang undertook a fact-finding visit Monday to rural villages in the Eastern Cape as part of activities marking World Health Day. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS hits Yamoussoukro hard
    07 april 2003 12:09:00
    Yamoussoukro- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire's capital of Yamoussoukro, in the north of the country, is one of the area's most affected by the AIDS pandemic, with an HIV prevalence rate of 14 percent, said Dr Adonis Gba, of the city hospital's department of dermato-venerology. Full text...

  • Botswana, Namibia and Zambia launch cross-border AIDS program
    06 april 2003 16:48:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Red Cross Societies in Botswana, Namibia and Zambia Sunday launched a joint home-based care program for people living with HIV/AIDS along their common borders in Namibia's Caprivi region, where the prevalence rate is an alarmingly high 43 percent. Full text...

  • Nigeria issues travel warning over SARS
    06 april 2003 14:30:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's health ministry has advised citizens travelling to Hong Kong and the southern Chinese province of Guangdong to shelve their plans to avoid possible infection with the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the local press reported Sunday. Full text...

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