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  • US gives Ethiopia over 5 million USD for polio eradication
    13 november 2001 10:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development and the Atlanta-based Centres for Disease Control have donated a total of 5,650,000 US dollars to finance Ethiopia's current polio eradication campaign. Full text...

  • 20 percent of Mauritians are diabetic
    12 november 2001 23:24:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius is classified second on the list of countries with the highest diabetes prevalence in the world, informed sources disclosed in Port Louis at the weekend. Full text...

  • AIDS lessens life expectancy in Zambia
    12 november 2001 19:52:00
    Livingstone- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) said Monday that 1. Full text...

  • Up to three million South Africans have diabetes
    12 november 2001 14:45:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa will join countries around the world in commemorating diabetes awareness on Wednesday this week. Full text...

  • Three sub-African regions to trim AIDS cases by 2006
    12 november 2001 10:19:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Countries of the Commonwealth Regional Health Community of East, Central and Southern Africa have mounted a joint strategy to trim the scale of HIV/AIDS by 50 percent in the next four years beginning 2002. Full text...

  • Christian group solicits help for the mentally ill in Zambia
    11 november 2001 16:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Christian Organisation for Mental Patients (COMP) in Zambia, has called on government and the civil society to protect the rights of the mentally sick in the country. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso calls for aid to train African paramedics
    11 november 2001 10:17:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso's Social Welfare and National Solidarity Minister Gilbert Ouedraogo has called on African countries to support a planned project to "train health and social professionals in French-speaking Africa". Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire launches HIV/AIDS awareness campaign
    10 november 2001 19:59:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The First Lady of Cote d'Ivoire, Simone Ehivet Gbagbo has kicked off a national awareness campaign against HIV/AIDS in a move to reawaken consciousness about the pandemic. Full text...

  • Kenyan government stops issuing free condoms
    10 november 2001 16:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The issue of poverty and inability to afford basic needs came to the fore this week as the government moved ahead to deny Kenyans the access to free condoms. Full text...

  • Cholera killed more tan 50 patients in Mozambique
    08 november 2001 23:40:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak has killed more than 50 people in four of Mozambique's 10 provinces over the past three months, reports Thursday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias". Full text...

  • STDs on the rise in Congo's third largest city
    08 november 2001 19:19:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Sexually transmissible diseases (STDs) like gonorrhoea, trichomonas, syphilis and AIDS are on the increase in Dolisie, Congo's third largest city, according to health ministry statistics released Thursday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • WHO says anthrax mainly attacks herbivorous mammals
    08 november 2001 18:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the wake of the anthrax scare in the United States and some parts of the world, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has in a release discussing the development, maintained that anthrax is primarily a disease of herbivorous mammals, although other mammals and some birds have been known to contract it. Full text...

  • 76 000 children to be vaccinated in central Senegal
    08 november 2001 16:49:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Health officials say some 76 000 children below five years would be vaccinated in Senegal's third largest town, Kaolack, some 189 km from Dakar, during a national vaccination campaign starting next Monday. Full text...

  • Rawlings sceptical of Africa's chances against HIV/AIDS
    08 november 2001 16:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings has cast serious doubts over Africa's battle against the killer disease AIDS, lamenting that efforts against the scourge continued to be challenged by limited behavioural change. Full text...

  • Will WTO put health before wealth in Qatar?
    08 november 2001 15:48:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Delegates arriving Doha, Qatar for the fourth ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation holding 9-13 November are sceptical as to whether the meeting would achieve much more than the last session in Seattle did. Full text...

  • Kenya to vaccinate animals against Anthrax, Rabies
    08 november 2001 15:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The authorities in Kenya have launched a vaccination campaign against anthrax and rabies, targeting four districts in the country's Central province. Full text...

  • Libya hosts international Health Conference Friday
    08 november 2001 15:11:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A four-day 5th Conference on Medical Sciences opens Friday in Zawia, 45-km west of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, the organisers said Thursday. Full text...

  • WHO urges vigilance against malicious use of biological agents
    08 november 2001 13:23:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In the wake of anthrax cases reported in the US, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has, while cautioning against undue panic, urged countries around the world to be on the look out for malicious use of biological agents. Full text...

  • Secrecy blamed for HIV/AIDS spread in Tanzania
    07 november 2001 13:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian Health authorities blame the lack of openness among parents and teachers on HIV/AIDS as one of the factors helping the spread of the scourge in the country. Full text...

  • Niger stages AIDS awareness campaign
    07 november 2001 08:50:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's National AIDS Control Programme, whose mission is to increase public awareness of the dangers of HIV/AIDS and its causes, recently visited the district of Tahoua (south-west) which is seriously affected by the pandemic due to emigration. Full text...

  • Kinshasa-based company launches anti-tobacco campaign in schools
    06 november 2001 23:50:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A Kinshasa-based company launched Monday an anti-tobacco campaign in certain schools in the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Full text...

  • 110 Cuban doctors on malaria pilot study in Gambia
    06 november 2001 22:46:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- At least 110 Cuban doctors have arrived in Gambia to take part in a 45-day pilot study on malaria parasite, the minister for health, Dr Yankuba Gassama confirmed Tuesday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Senegalese pupils to train in basic hygiene
    06 november 2001 20:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Taking pupils as transformation agents in society, authorities in Senegal are preparing primary school teachers to deliver the right message on basic hygiene to their charges. Full text...

  • Ethiopia poised for mass anti-polio campaign
    06 november 2001 18:11:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Ethiopian ministry of Health, in conjunction with Rotary International, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), plans to immunise all Ethiopian children under 5 years of age against polio this year. Full text...

  • Botswana Posts closed over anthrax scare
    06 november 2001 16:11:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana Central Post Office in Gaborone was Tuesday afternoon shut down and staff put under medical observation after suspicious mail was received from Washington, D. Full text...

  • Luxembourg Agency supports Niger AIDS fight
    05 november 2001 12:56:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The Luxembourg Agency for Development Co-operation has granted Niger some 2. Full text...

  • World Bank support Benin's fight against HIV/AIDS
    05 november 2001 10:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- The International Development Association (IDA) has made a 25-million dollar grant to Benin for the country's anti-HIV/AIDS multi-sectorial project, official sources confirmed in Cotonou Sunday. Full text...

  • Health experts meet in Nairobi this month
    05 november 2001 09:16:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Health experts from Africa, Europe and America will converge in Nairobi from 19 to 23 November for the first congress on Quality Improvement in Health Care, Medical Research and Traditional Medicine, the Health ministry announced in Nairobi Monday. Full text...

  • Sudan to introduce AIDS tests for future civil servants
    04 november 2001 19:11:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's health ministry will soon introduce AIDS tests for all job seekers before they are allowed to join the public service. Full text...

  • Tanzania unveils HIV/AIDS control policy
    04 november 2001 10:07:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The government of Tanzania has unveiled a national policy on HIV/AIDS to provide direction for a frantic assault on the disease that has infected an estimated two million people in the country in the past 20 years. Full text...

  • AIDS patients occupy 42 percent of hospital beds
    03 november 2001 17:46:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopian health officials have disclosed that the country's hospitals are crowded with AIDS patients who occupy 42 percent of the beds. Full text...

  • Minister identifies AIDS as major health problem
    03 november 2001 17:44:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Health Minister Levision Mumba Saturday described HIV/AIDS pandemic as a serious health and developmental problem in Zambia. Full text...

  • Health workers issue strike warning
    02 november 2001 23:57:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Health workers, demanding payment of salary arrears have threatened to go on strike 6-9 November in Guinea Bissau, union sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Don't blame health workers, says minister
    02 november 2001 23:31:00
    Havana- Cuba (PANA) -- Visiting Mozambican Health Minister Francisco Songane has said that the poor functioning of his country's public hospitals should not be blamed exclusively on the 15,000 people who work in the health services. Full text...

  • Rawlings urges Zanzibar to step up AIDS fight
    02 november 2001 22:50:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings Friday asked Zanzibaris to sustain their efforts on the war against AIDS. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reports new anthrax outbreak
    02 november 2001 22:49:00
    Mutare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Veterinary officials in Zimbabwe Friday reported a new outbreak of anthrax in the east of the country, nearly two weeks after the first case of the disease was discovered in the central town of Kwekwe. Full text...

  • Ghanaian students want Parliament to approve AIDS loan
    02 november 2001 21:43:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghanaian students Friday urged Parliament to approve a 25 million-US-dollar loan from the World Bank and the British Department for International Development (DFID), to boost the national campaign against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ghana may produce HIV drug, says minister
    02 november 2001 20:44:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana might in the near future be producing HIV drugs to make it accessible to people infected with the disease, outgoing Health minister Richard Anane intimated on Thursday. Full text...

  • Health ministry advises public on Anthrax
    02 november 2001 20:35:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's ministry of Health has assured the public of adequate facilities in the country to test anthrax- suspected substances. Full text...

  • Rawlings blames some African practices for AIDS spread
    02 november 2001 09:20:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings has added his voice to the growing concern that certain African traditional practices and cultural norms were helping to spread or perpetuate the incurable HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Anthrax spreads further in Zimbabwe
    02 november 2001 08:05:00
    Gokwe- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Anthrax has spread to several new districts in Zimbabwe's central province, state television reported Thursday. Full text...

  • Ministers undergo tests after anthrax scare in Cape Town
    31 october 2001 15:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police on Wednesday evacuated and cordoned off President Thabo Mbeki's offices in Cape Town following an anthrax scare. Full text...

  • Anthrax Claims Victim in Zimbabwe
    31 october 2001 10:02:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Anthrax, which broke out in the central Zimbabwe town of KweKwe last week, has killed its first victim Wednesday, state television reported. Full text...

  • Former Ghana president on mission against AIDS in Tanzania
    31 october 2001 07:56:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings arrives in Tanzania Thursday on a mission aimed at promoting the volunteering spirit in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ghana not under anthrax threat, says Post official
    30 october 2001 22:43:00
    ACCRA- Ghana (PANA) -- Isaac Adu Boahen, Managing Director of Ghana Post Company Limited, said Tuesday there was no immediate threat of anthrax infection in the country through the mails. Full text...

  • Botswana plans HIV/AIDS anti-retroviral therapy
    30 october 2001 22:22:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- President Festus Mogae said Monday that Botswana would launch an HIV/AIDS anti-retroviral drug therapy programme before the end of the year. Full text...

  • Nigerian postal agency to screen mail for anthrax
    30 october 2001 13:22:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's state-run postal agency NIPOST has announced it will henceforth screen all mails coming into the country for traces of the deadly bacterium anthrax. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe brings anthrax outbreak under control
    30 october 2001 10:57:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's veterinary officials said Tuesday they had brought under control an outbreak of anthrax which had affected both humans and animals in the central district of KweKwe in the past week. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS strategic planning process rolls off
    29 october 2001 23:17:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- The spread of HIV/AIDS in Niger has led to the implementation of a strategic planning process designed as a national response against the pandemic. Full text...

  • Cotonou hosts a meeting on Guinea Worm
    29 october 2001 22:37:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- A meeting of some French-speaking African countries opened Monday in Cotonou, Benin to assess national programmes on the eradication of the Guinea Worm. Full text...

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