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  • 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...

  • Burkina Faso raises alert over travel to Asia
    17 april 2003 13:49:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso Health ministry Thursday urged nationals and businessmen planning travels to Asia to shelve such plans until progress was made in combating the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) menace. Full text...

  • Measles vaccination campaign under way in central Cote d'Ivoire
    16 april 2003 22:07:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian Health Ministry launched a measles vaccination campaign Wednesday in Tiebissou, about 285 km north of Abidjan, targeting some 350,000 children aged between 6 months and 14 years. Full text...

  • WHO organises paediatrics workshop in Mauritania
    16 april 2003 20:17:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A four-day workshop, jointly organised by the health ministry and the World Health Organization kicked off here Wednesday on integrated paediatrics. Full text...

  • Mauritius to hire Chinese workers despite SARS outbreak
    16 april 2003 19:41:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has said in Parliament that his government could not deny a new textile mill the right to recruit 100 skilled Chinese workers due to the current Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) rife in China and other Asian countries. Full text...

  • Malian imams, Islamic scholars take drills in AIDS control
    16 april 2003 19:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 45 imams and scholars from the Malian League for Islamic Solidarity began a two-day workshop here Wednesday on the prevention of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • South African AIDS activists to launch 'black' Easter protest
    16 april 2003 18:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Anti-AIDS campaigners in South Africa have threatened nationwide protests named the "Black Easter Campaign" to force pharmaceutical companies to give free anti-retroviral drugs. Full text...

  • South African Airways cancels flights to Hong Kong
    16 april 2003 17:36:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways (SAA) has suspended two of its five flights to Hong Kong in May and June because of the low demand for seats attributed to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) disease. Full text...

  • Swazi nurses go-slow claims 30 lives
    16 april 2003 14:31:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- A go-slow action by nurses at Swaziland's largest hospital, the Mbabane Government Hospital, has claimed at least 30 lives since January due to neglect, hospital sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambia tightens protection against SARS at Lusaka airport
    16 april 2003 12:53:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- In their first line of protection against the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the management of Zambia's Lusaka international airport has begun to distribute surgical masks and other protective clothing to all ground staff, including those that handle passengers and their luggage. Full text...

  • HIV positive children get free ARVs in South Africa
    16 april 2003 12:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Health authorities in South Africa's Western Cape province on Wednesday announced the provision of "triple cocktail" antiretrovirals (ARVs) for HIV positive babies and toddlers. Full text...

  • NGO provides one-year free anti-retrovirals in Kenya
    16 april 2003 11:46:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The NGO Kenya Society for People with AIDS (KESPA) operating the western region says it will henceforth supply free anti-retroviral drugs to AIDS sufferers visiting its voluntary counselling and testing centres. Full text...

  • Lassa fever kills dozens in Sierra Leone
    15 april 2003 23:22:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The Manager of Disease Control and Prevention Programme in the Sierra Leone Health Ministry, Magnus Gborie, on Tuesday said that Lassa fever has killed dozens of people in the eastern town of Kenema and in Liberian refugee camps. Full text...

  • Conference urges rehabilitation of traditional medicine
    15 april 2003 22:08:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Guest speakers at Cameroon's 15 national medical conference underway here since Monday have called for the rehabilitation of traditional medicine across Africa. Full text...

  • French NGO's rally to fight HIV/AIDS
    15 april 2003 20:46:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Eight French NGOs, including Act Up Paris, Solidarity AIDS and the Danielle Mitterrand Foundation, have launched a campaign of fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ghana gets committee on SARS
    15 april 2003 20:25:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian Health Ministry has set up an inter-agency committee on Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to co-ordinate efforts at preventing an outbreak of the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Mali hosts 4-nation HIV/AIDS training course
    15 april 2003 18:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Medical and paramedical personnel from four West African states are attending a training-of-trainers workshop in Bamako, on caring for HIV/AIDS patients, the Malian Health ministry said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Motor rally to prop SADC anti-malaria drive
    15 april 2003 17:31:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) plans to use motor racing as part of its 'roll-back- malaria' campaign, Zambian Health Minister Brian Chituwo disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenyan govt accused of collaborating with tobacco firm
    15 april 2003 16:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan anti-drug group has accused local authorities of collaborating with the British American Tobacco Company (BAT) that has allegedly been marketing its "harmful" products using unorthodox means. Full text...

  • WHO-AFRO maintains alert on SARS
    15 april 2003 15:31:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Brazzaville-based World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) says it is maintaining a "very high alert" in the region following the emergence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), a respiratory illness that has killed more than 100 people in Asia, North and South America and Europe. Full text...

  • US pharmaceutical company offers Namibia cheaper HIV/AIDS drugs
    15 april 2003 09:09:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- An American pharmaceutical company on Tuesday added Namibia to the list of African countries to which it will offer steeply discounted prices on anti-retroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kabbah speaks against dismissing HIV-positive soldiers
    15 april 2003 07:54:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- President Ahmad Tejan Kabbah has distributed 100,000 condoms to the Armed Forces of Sierra Leone and assured that HIV-infected soldiers would not be dismissed from the army. Full text...

  • Senegal hosts traditional medicine meeting
    14 april 2003 22:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- An international conference to promote the development of traditional medicine in Senegal and Mali opened on Monday in Dakar, the Senegalese capital. Full text...

  • Gabonese authorities warn nationals against travelling to Asia
    14 april 2003 22:12:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese Health minister Faustin Boukoubi has cautioned nationals against travelling to some Asian countries as an atypical pneumonia, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) rages in the region. Full text...

  • Doctor sounds alarm on children's accidents in Comoros
    14 april 2003 20:45:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Some 25 to 30 percent of consultations at El-Maarouf Hospital in Moroni concern children, most of whom were victims of accidents, the head of the hospital paediatric service, Dr Abdallah Islam, has said. Full text...

  • Kenyan cabinet meets on HIV/AIDS control
    14 april 2003 15:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Monday chaired a cabinet committee meeting on the control of HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Anti-AIDS campaign moves to funerals in Swaziland
    14 april 2003 10:47:00
    Malagwane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The acting minister of health and social welfare in Swaziland, Senator John Carmichael, has suggested the holding of awareness campaigns against the spread of HIV/AIDS during funerals in the tiny landlocked kingdom. Full text...

  • 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...

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