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  • Nigeria labour group supports anti-polio campaign
    22 august 2002 17:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has pledged to make future National Immunisation Days (NIDs) in the country strike-free, in support of the government's efforts to eradicate polio ahead of the 2005 global target. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 1,000 in Malawi
    22 august 2002 17:07:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Cholera killed some 1,000 Malawians in the first seven months of this year, according to health officials. Full text...

  • Flu epidemic kills 633 in Madagascar
    21 august 2002 22:26:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The flu epidemic ravaging Madagascar for more than one month now, has killed some 633 people in the 16,490 recorded cases, according to latest report by the Health Ministry. Full text...

  • 16,000 Africans catch HIV/AIDS daily
    21 august 2002 20:50:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Despite frantic efforts by African governments to cut down on the HIV prevalence, 16,000 sub-Saharan Africans catch the virus daily, according to the Malawi National AIDS Commission's advocacy officer, Robert Chizimba. Full text...

  • Scientists mull ways to control porcine, human cysticercosis
    21 august 2002 19:48:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An infectious disease transmitted between humans and pigs by tapeworms is on the increase in Eastern and Southern Africa, following an expansion of pork production in the region without parallel improvements in rearing standards, scientists meeting in Tanzania warn. Full text...

  • German firm to build $20 million drug plant in Khartoum
    21 august 2002 18:07:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's drug manufacturer, ELE Pharmaceutical Group, has sealed a 20-million-dollar contract with German International Drug Industries Company to build an intravenous solutions plant in Khartoum. Full text...

  • Kenya launches oral health policy
    21 august 2002 15:54:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's public health ministry in collaboration with the University of Nairobi is conducting a national oral health survey to determine the burden of oral diseases in the country, a government minister disclosed Wednesday. Full text...

  • African traditional healers urge WHO to support their practice
    21 august 2002 13:36:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Traditional healers in Mauritania, Senegal and Mali are seeking support from the WHO for research in traditional medicine and the promotion of medicinal plants. Full text...

  • Tanzania welcomes drug donation for HIV/AIDS infected
    21 august 2002 12:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania is soon to begin distributing a free drug to help people living with HIV fight opportunistic infections associated with the virus that causes the incurable AIDS, local newspapers reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • WHO convenes meeting in Harare on humanitarian crisis
    21 august 2002 11:22:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Health ministers from Southern African countries and officials of the organisation have planned a meeting for 26-28 August in Harare to examine the serious widespread humanitarian crisis in southern Africa. Full text...

  • Foday Sankoh is still sick in Freetown jail
    21 august 2002 08:15:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone, (PANA) -- The eldest son of Cpl. Full text...

  • Zambia recruits Cuban doctors as locals leave for green pastures
    20 august 2002 17:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia has recruited 87 Cuban medical doctors to beef up its health care service after many locally trained medics left for better opportunities in neighbouring countries. Full text...

  • Proliferation of illegal drugs in Liberia worries Taylor
    20 august 2002 15:07:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- President Charles Taylor is worried by the "heavy inflow of illegal drugs" into Liberia, a government statement said in Monrovia. Full text...

  • Ouagadougou mayor's office combats illegal drugs
    20 august 2002 11:59:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Ouagadougou mayor's office is to launch a three-month campaign beginning next Monday to combat the sale of illegal medicines in Burkina Faso's capital. Full text...

  • Nouakchott hosts workshop on medicinal plants
    20 august 2002 08:05:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Traditional healers from Mali, Senegal and Mauritania were expected Tuesday to end a two-day workshop in Nouakchott, aimed at identifying plants used in traditional medicine in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Over 400 million FCFA to combat AIDS in Burkina Faso
    19 august 2002 23:13:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A project to support a sectoral programme in the fight against AIDS (PA-PMLS) with the World Bank's support was signed Monday in Ouagadougou, providing three funding agreements worth 432 million FCFA (648,108 US dollars) to three ministries. Full text...

  • Committee says Cameroon's HIV/AIDS campaign is floundering
    19 august 2002 22:21:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- HIV/AIDS education strategies initiated by public authorities in Cameroon are still to make an impact, the National Committee on the Fight against AIDS (CNLS) admitted at an assessment meeting 16-18 August in Bana, west of the country. Full text...

  • Mushrooms could be miracle cure for cancer - UK scientists
    19 august 2002 19:13:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A British research organisation, Cancer Research UK (CRU), says studies on exotic mushrooms have revealed healing properties, which could lead to new methods of treatment and prevention of cancer, a CRU review reported Monday. Full text...

  • Ministers, WHO discuss humanitarian crisis in Southern Africa
    19 august 2002 17:10:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Health Ministers from 10 Southern African countries and senior officials of the World Health Organisation meet 26-28 August in Harare, Zimbabwe to examine the response of the health sector to the acute and large-scale humanitarian crisis facing the region. Full text...

  • South African scientists gain ground against malaria
    19 august 2002 14:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A multi-disciplinary group of South African scientists have proven how the malaria parasite deals with iron in human red blood cells. Full text...

  • Foreign NGO, Coca Cola To Assist Nigeria In AIDS Campaign
    19 august 2002 13:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A US-based NGO and the Coca Cola company have offered to assist Nigeria in its fight against HIV/AIDS, Nigerian health officials said. Full text...

  • 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...

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