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  • 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...

  • Nigeria celebrates World Health Day
    06 april 2003 11:18:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal ministry of health said it was currently working in six core sectors to reduce infant mortality, as the country joins other nations in commemorating World Health Day 7 April. Full text...

  • Italy supports Mozambique's fight against cholera
    05 april 2003 18:16:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Italian government has granted 700,000 US dollars worth of equipment and medicine to 40 Cholera Treatment Centres (CTC) in Mozambique, according to the daily Noticias newspaper. Full text...

  • South African provide launches Polio eradication week
    05 april 2003 12:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The polio eradication week was launched Saturday in Gauteng province, with health officials urging parents and caregivers to ensure the immunisation of children under the age of one. Full text...

  • WHO gives TB control qualified success in Africa
    04 april 2003 16:56:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Treatment success and case detection rates for tuberculosis (TB) have improved appreciably in Africa since 1993 when the disease was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO), but the current indicators in the region still fall short of global targets, a WHO official said in Harare, Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • US company in Liberia outlines HIV/AIDS treatment for workers
    03 april 2003 23:35:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- The US Trading Company in Liberia has indicated plans to expand health care benefits on AIDS and AIDS- related conditions for its workers through extensive prevention and awareness programmes and treatment options that would include provision of anti-retrovirals. Full text...

  • Seychelles suspends flights to Singapore
    03 april 2003 22:45:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The health ministry in Seychelles Thursday ordered the national carrier Air Seychelles to suspend all flights to Singapore as a preventive measure against Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) currently spreading across the globe. Full text...

  • Botswana health authorities issue SARS alert
    03 april 2003 22:38:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Health authorities in Botswana have issued a warning to visitors travelling to Canada and the Far East where the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been reported. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe faces critical shortage of blood
    03 april 2003 21:38:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's national blood transfusion agency said Thursday the country faced a critical shortage of the product because of lack of foreign currency to import chemicals needed to screen donated blood. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana spearheads AIDS campaign
    03 april 2003 19:59:00
    Antananarivo- Madagascar (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana has placed under his charge a technical committee to oversee the country's HIV/AIDS campaign. Full text...

  • Mbeki launches 'race against malaria' rally
    03 april 2003 17:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African president Thabo Mbeki Thursday launched the Southern Africa Race against Malaria rally in Pretoria intended to raise consciousness in the region for collective efforts to defeat the killer disease. Full text...

  • WHO reports outbreaks of 6 diseases in 31 African countries
    03 april 2003 16:21:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Outbreaks of six communicable diseases were reported in 31 of the 46 countries in the African Region of the World Health Organization (WHO) in the first quarter of this year, according to statistics released in Brazzaville by the WHO Regional Office for Africa (WHO-AFRO). Full text...

  • Ethiopia forms committee to monitor SARS Virus
    03 april 2003 07:52:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's health ministry has set up a committee of experts to monitor the severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, that broke out in the Far East a few weeks ago. Full text...

  • New OCEAC boss assumes duties in Yaounde
    02 april 2003 23:42:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The new secretary general of the Co-ordination Organisation for the Fight Against Endemics in Central Africa (OCEAC), Congolese national Jean-Jacques Moka, on Wednesday took over his duties at the organisation's headquarters in Yaounde in Cameroon. Full text...

  • Kenya puts citizens on high alert over pneumonia
    02 april 2003 22:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities on Wednesday issued an alert to its citizens following the threat posed by the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which has already killed 70 people in 13 countries. Full text...

  • Reunion on alert as SARS spreads
    02 april 2003 22:00:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Health authorities in Reunion are on the alert as the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), an atypical pneumonia, steadily spreads from Southeast Asia across the rest of the globe, although no cases have yet been reported in Africa. Full text...

  • UNICEF helps Ethiopia to reduce maternal deaths
    02 april 2003 17:54:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF is stepping up interventions to reduce high maternal mortality rates in Ethiopia, an official of the UN agency said in Addis Ababa Wednesday. Full text...

  • Kenya announces team to tackle deadly SARS virus
    02 april 2003 12:23:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Ministry of Health in Kenya on Wednesday disclosed it has established a team at the Kenya Medical Research Institute to deal with any anticipated attack of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the lethal flu that is causing scare worldwide. Full text...

  • Namibian health minister warns against quack practice
    02 april 2003 07:32:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia's health minister, Dr Libertina Amathila has strongly criticised some private clinics for profiting from the confusing and despondence caused by the global outbreak of a deadly flu-like virus. Full text...

  • Seychelles advises nationals against travelling to Asia
    01 april 2003 20:20:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- The Health ministry in Seychelles has cautioned nationals against travelling to Asia except in cases of extreme necessity, due to the propagation there of an unidentified pneumonia virus currently spreading across the globe. Full text...

  • African Guinea Worm Experts Meet In Kampala
    01 april 2003 17:13:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Former Nigerian president Yakuba Gowon has challenged experts meeting in Kampala on the eradication of Guinea Worm to develop a sustainable approach to eliminate the disease from Africa. Full text...

  • World Health Day 2003 focuses on welfare of children
    01 april 2003 13:52:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Preparations are taking place throughout the world for World Health Day next Monday with a focus on the plight of children, organisers of the event said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Air Mauritius to suspend Hong Kong flights due to pneumonia
    01 april 2003 12:48:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Air Mauritius has suspended flights to Hong Kong for one month due to plummeting bookings as result of a deadly strain of pneumonia, the airline's managing director Vinod Chidambaran announced here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mysterious disease kills 28 inmates in Niger
    31 march 2003 21:21:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 28 inmates at Dosso prison 140 km east of Niamey have in the last three years died from a mysterious disease, the state-owned Le Sahel newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Mozambican Minister commends WHO
    31 march 2003 20:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Foreign Minister Leonardo Simao Monday commended the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its work in the country, which he said was of "great quality". Full text...

  • AIDS draft policy to be tabled before Ghanaian parliament
    31 march 2003 18:53:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) is to table a draft policy on the scourge and other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) before parliament by August, an official said. Full text...

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