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  • Strange disease claims seven lives in Ghana
    20 january 2003 14:55:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A strange disease that emerged last December in a district in Ghana's Volta Region has claimed seven lives, and political authorities have appealed to the Volta Regional Health Administration (VRHA) to dispatch a team of medical personnel to the area to assess the situation. Full text...

  • SADC health ministers discuss impact of HIV/AIDS
    20 january 2003 11:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Health Ministers from 14 Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) member states began a two-day consultative meeting here Monday on HIV/AIDS and nutrition. Full text...

  • Mocumbi steps up bid for office of WHO chief executive
    19 january 2003 15:51:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi, who is gunning for the office of World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general, has said the mobilisation of health care support for Africa would be one of his main goals if elected to the highly coveted position. Full text...

  • Cameroon to conduct Polio vaccination campaign next week
    17 january 2003 17:46:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The second phase of a vaccination campaign against Poliomyelitis in Cameroon has been slated for 21-25 January in 50 districts, mostly located in border areas, informed sources indicated Friday. Full text...

  • Conakry launches campaign against iodine deficiency
    17 january 2003 08:00:00
    Conakry- Guinea (PANA) -- A national campaign against iodine deficiency was launched Thursday in the five communes of Conakry, the Guinean capital, where only 12 percent of the households consume iodized salt, health officials said. Full text...

  • Botswana disinfects entry points against cattle disease
    16 january 2003 21:37:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- In a precautionary measure after foot-and-mouth disease broke out in Botswana a week ago, local veterinary authorities have installed disinfectant dips along the Botswana-Zimbabwe border in an attempt to curb further spread. Full text...

  • Rwanda prepares for anti-measles vaccination
    15 january 2003 23:23:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwandan medical authorities are conducting an awareness campaign for parents to massively bring out their children to be vaccinated 10-23 February against measles, medical sources said. Full text...

  • Swazi mortuary workers cry exposure to fatal diseases
    15 january 2003 19:10:00
    Manzini- Swaziland (PANA) -- Employees of a prominent mortuary in Swaziland, Dups Funeral Home and Undertakers, have accused management of exposing them to incurable diseases, including HIV/AIDS, by not providing them with relevant protective equipment and outfits. Full text...

  • Nigeria to produce auto-disabled syringes
    15 january 2003 17:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has entered into a partnership with a Japanese firm to produce syringes which can only be used once, as part of the government's efforts to curb the spread of HIV/AIDS, Health Minister Alphonsus Nwosu said. Full text...

  • AIDS patients in Nigeria decry treatment
    15 january 2003 13:35:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWAs) in Nigeria has called on the federal government to close down one of the 25 designated centres for the treatment of infected people, charging that it lacks a "human face". Full text...

  • Botswana reports decline in HIV/AIDS prevalence
    15 january 2003 13:27:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The Health ministry in Botswana has reported that HIV prevalence was showing signs of decline in the southern African country, known to have one of the highest rates in the world. Full text...

  • 69,000 new cases of cancers recorded in Africa
    14 january 2003 22:19:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 69,000 new cases of gynaecological cancers are recorded in Africa yearly, according to participants of the 7th congress of the African Gynaecology Society (SOMAGO) convening in Bamako. Full text...

  • Nigeria bans importation of drugs through land borders
    13 january 2003 15:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has banned the importation of drugs through land borders and approved four ports for the imports as part of ongoing war against fake and adulterated drugs in the country. Full text...

  • Congo to launch AIDS research programme in 2003
    11 january 2003 16:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in Congo have hinted about plans to launch a vast research programme on the most common diseases in the country, including HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Mocumbi seeks Gabon's support for WHO post bid
    11 january 2003 11:24:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Mozambican Premier Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi, a candidate for the post of director general of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Friday appealed to Gabon to support his bid, official sources said in Libreville. Full text...

  • Madagascar reports drop in number of leprosy patients
    10 january 2003 23:37:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The number of leprosy cases has markedly dropped in Madagascar, going from 10,629 in 2001 to 6,626 in 2002 according to latest figures published by the Health ministry, although officials insist the disease remains a public health concern in the island. Full text...

  • 7th SAGO congress opens next Monday in Bamako
    10 january 2003 13:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (Mali) -- The 7th congress of the African Society of Obstetricians-gynaecologists (SAGO) convenes in Bamako next Monday under the chairmanship of Malian President, Amadou Toumani Toure, the health ministry said here Friday. Full text...

  • Kenyan doctors complain quacks infiltrate medical profession
    10 january 2003 10:28:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Quacks and charlatans in Kenya, who pretend to master medicine, pose danger to the profession by taking advantage of the ignorance and poverty bedevilling most Kenyans, top medics here complain. Full text...

  • African gynaecologists to meet in Mali
    09 january 2003 21:39:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Bamako, the Malian capital, is to host from 13 to 17 January the seventh congress of the African Gynaecology Society (SAGO), sources close to organisers have said. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic under control in Guinea-Bissau
    09 january 2003 19:20:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Health authorities in Guinea- Bissau affirmed this week that a cholera outbreak in the country had finally been brought under control. Full text...

  • Kaunda to campaign against child rapists
    08 january 2003 21:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's former president Kenneth Kaunda is to embark on a regional HIV/AIDS campaign to solicit for support from leaders within the region to fight child rapists. Full text...

  • AIDS campaign takes new turn in Cape Verde
    08 january 2003 21:26:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- A meeting of the Cape Verde Coordination Committee in the fight against AIDS (CCS-SIDA) is due mid-January, according to official sources. Full text...

  • Eastern Cape contains cholera after claiming 8 lives
    08 january 2003 14:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The latest cholera epidemic in the Eastern Cape, which began over the Christmas holiday, has been put under control after claiming eight lives. Full text...

  • High-tech medical device makes debut in Arab world
    07 january 2003 21:38:00
    Tunis- Tunisia (PANA) -- The world's smallest ultrasound digital imaging device will make its Middle East debut at Arab Health 2003, the region's biggest international medical equipment and services exhibition and conference to be held in Dubai later this month. Full text...

  • Cameroon intensifies fight against Malaria
    07 january 2003 21:04:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon's National Malaria Control Programme (PNLP) would this year freely distribute 810,000 treated mosquito nets and insecticides acquired thanks to debt relief under a donor initiative for heavily indebted poor countries (HIPC), health officials said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia to repossess hospital jointly owned with China
    06 january 2003 20:49:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is to repossess a former mine hospital in the central copper mining city of Kitwe, following charges that Chinese officials had failed to deliver on pledges made when they took over its administration, deputy Health minister George Chulumanda indicated Monday. Full text...

  • Son kills Kenyan father over AIDS warning
    06 january 2003 17:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A young Kenyan man has killed his father after he warned him against having an affair with a widow suspected of carrying HIV/AIDS, the local press reported in Nairobi Monday. Full text...

  • River Blindness threatens millions in Uganda
    05 january 2003 18:11:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Some 1. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone registers more births, less deaths
    05 january 2003 17:11:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Sierra Leone registered 22,487 new births in 2002 as against 13,985 in 2001, an official of the Health and Sanitation Ministry, Jonathan Abass Kamara, has disclosed. Full text...

  • Seychelles mobilise against AIDS
    03 january 2003 21:52:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- In a show of solidarity to fight HIV/AIDS in Seychelles, public and private organisations have begun donating to a national AIDS alleviation fund, set up last October. Full text...

  • 2.5 million Benin children to be vaccinated against measles
    03 january 2003 13:11:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin plans a massive campaign for 10-19 January, to immunise 2. Full text...

  • Govt plans to spend 1,003bn FCFA on health in Cameroon
    30 december 2002 19:19:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The government in Cameroon plans to spend 1,003 billion francs CFA toward fourteen programmes in the health sector during 2003-2007, according to an official document published here outlining strategies for poverty reduction in the country. Full text...

  • Matsuura condemns reproductive human cloning
    30 december 2002 19:06:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO Director General Koichiro Matsuura, has condemned any research or practice directed towards reproductive human cloning, and urged the international community to halt the practice without delay. Full text...

  • EU to finance Senegal's campaign against yellow fever
    29 december 2002 13:09:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union is to give Senegal 750,000 Euros to finance its immunisation campaign against yellow fever, official sources said in Brussels. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso plans joint orders of vaccines
    28 december 2002 14:43:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The Burkinabe government plans, together with other countries of the West African sub- region, to place joint orders so as to reduce the cost of vaccines against A, C, Y, W135 meningitis viruses, Health minister Alain Bedouma Yoda said Friday in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • Study cites abortion among causes of maternal deaths in Cameroon
    27 december 2002 20:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Voluntary termination of pregnancy accounts for 20-40 percent of maternal mortality in Cameroonian health centres, according to a survey conducted by the Yaounde University teaching hospital (CHU). Full text...

  • 7 die from alcohol abuse during festive season in Madagascar
    27 december 2002 19:31:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- At least seven people died from alcohol abuse in Madagascar between 24 and 26 December, Malagasy medical sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Nigerian president inaugurates specialist hospital
    27 december 2002 14:31:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo has inaugurated a 750 million Naira (5,952,380 USD) specialist hospital, conceived by the late statesman Obafemi Awolowo in his hometown of Ikenne, about 30 minutes drive from Lagos. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 168 in Ethiopia's Amahara Region
    27 december 2002 09:25:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- An outbreak of malaria has killed about 168 persons in Ethiopia's Amahara Region since December, the director of the national Anti-malaria Association, Abera Mehrete, said here Friday. Full text...

  • Mali tests automatic condom dispensers
    26 december 2002 23:48:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian NGO, Agir (Act) has installed prototypes of automatic condom dispensers in six districts in the capital, Bamako, sources behind the initiative indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Kinshasa elected headquarters of HIV/AIDS network
    25 december 2002 13:45:00
    Kinshasa- RD Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo has been chosen headquarters of the general secretariat of the African Network for People Living with HIV/AIDS, an official source said. Full text...

  • Ethiopia needs $11m for short-term HIV/AIDS strategy
    25 december 2002 12:43:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian government says it needs about 11 million dollars for containing the rapid spread of HIV/AIDS in the country and implement national prevention programmes during the next three fiscal years. Full text...

  • Untested blood increases risk of AIDS contamination in DRC
    25 december 2002 10:22:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo(PANA) -- Barely 5 percent of transfused blood in DR Congo is tested, thus increasing the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission, according to sources close to the Blood Transfusion National Programme (PNTS) in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Malian AIDS telethon raises 30 million francs CFA
    24 december 2002 22:40:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A Malian telethon dubbed "Soli-AIDS" (Solidarity Aids) has raised 33 million francs CFA (52,000 US dollars), according to Malian Radio-Television, which initiated the exercise. Full text...

  • Workshop faults media reporting on AIDS in Cameroon
    24 december 2002 21:38:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The news media in Cameroon have come under attack at a workshop on HIV/AIDS, with participants charging that reports on the pandemic do not sufficiently address the community concerns. Full text...

  • Kenyan researcher proposes compulsory HIV tests in Africa
    24 december 2002 14:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A senior Kenya-based researcher has proposed the introduction of compulsory HIV/AIDS tests in Africa could help planners to tackle the epidemic that has claimed over 22 million lives world-wide since the early 1980s. Full text...

  • Nigeria Plans Another HIV/AIDS Sentinel Survey
    24 december 2002 13:58:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria plans to conduct another sentinel survey on HIV prevalence in 2003 as the current estimate of 5. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 58 people in Uganda, 200 hospitalised
    24 december 2002 13:08:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic has killed 58 people in Uganda over the past fortnight while 200 new cases are being treated in various parts of the country. Full text...

  • National body urges improved care for Burkinabe AIDS patients
    23 december 2002 22:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The National Council for the Fight against AIDS and Sexually Transmissible Diseases (CNLS/MST) in Burkina Faso has called for improved management of people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Taboo cracks on HIV/AIDS in Libya
    23 december 2002 18:51:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- When he came home after a long day's work, Mokhtar was embarrassed when confronted with two unexpected questions from his nine-year old daughter Zeina, a fourth grade pupil. Full text...

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