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  • 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...

  • Kenyan physician takes condoms to task
    29 october 2001 19:33:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan physician has challenged the effectiveness of condoms, charging they are not safe and should not be depended on as preventive measure against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Oral health in decline in Africa
    29 october 2001 19:25:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- The resident representative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in Botswana has expressed concern at what she said was a decline in oral health in Africa. Full text...

  • Cholera kills five in northern Mali
    29 october 2001 17:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Cholera killed five out of about 30 cases reported between 24-27 October in northern Mali's Djenne area, some 700 km from Bamako, the capital. Full text...

  • Measles outbreak reported in North Western Kenya
    29 october 2001 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's health ministry on Monday took contingency measures to prevent the further spread of measles in Saboti division bordering Uganda. Full text...

  • West African Health Plan underway
    28 october 2001 16:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Health Ministers of the West African Health Organisation (OOAS) member countries are to meet 8-9 November in Bobo Dioulasso (385-km west of Ouagadougou), to draw up a five-year regional strategic Health Plan, official sources said in the Burkina capital Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe mobilises to combat anthrax
    27 october 2001 16:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Saturday mobilised its medical and veterinary resources to battle an anthrax outbreak in the country's central parts amid claims by authorities that white farmers had deliberately caused the infection. Full text...

  • Sudan takes anti-anthrax precautions
    27 october 2001 15:53:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's health minister Ahmed Bilal has cautioned postal and civil aviation workers to take strict measures to prevent anthrax infections. Full text...

  • Kenyan hospital to reach patients via satellite
    27 october 2001 13:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Moi University Hospital, Kenya's second largest teaching and referral health institution, would soon begin sending out information on medical care through a satellite-based Worldspace programme, it was disclosed Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya to decentralise mental health services
    27 october 2001 12:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is in the process of decentralising its mental health services to grass root level, Health Minister Sam Ongeri said Saturday. Full text...

  • Health ministers adopt resolution on bio-terrorism
    26 october 2001 23:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Health ministers from East, Central and Southern African Commonwealth countries concluded a four-day meeting in Dar es salaam Friday by urging each country to step-up surveillance for a possible bio-terrorism attack in the region. Full text...

  • Doctor warns of more AIDS deaths in Ghana
    26 october 2001 20:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian doctor has warned that by 2014, over 1. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reports anthrax outbreak
    26 october 2001 15:24:00
    Kwekwe- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health and Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe's central town of KweKwe Friday reported an outbreak of anthrax infection among people and livestock. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 40 in central Nigeria
    26 october 2001 14:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 40 people, including five children, have died from a cholera outbreak in Nigeria's central State of Kwara in the past week, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia sets up Anthrax committee
    26 october 2001 09:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Health ministry Thursday announced it had set up a committee to look out for any Anthrax threats, and had placed one hospital on standby, as well as put many others on alert. Full text...

  • Zambia, India to step up health cooperation
    26 october 2001 08:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- After four days of talks Zambia and India have agreed to enhance cooperation especially in the field of science and technology, where India is mass producing cheap HIV/AIDS drugs desperately needed by Zambian patients. Full text...

  • Swaziland mayors win Commonwealth award on HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2001 22:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNDP announced Thursday that an alliance of mayors in Swaziland has received the 2001 Commonwealth Award for Action on HIV/AIDS for its innovative approach, linking local action with national policy-making and international partners. Full text...

  • Conference on health care for all opens
    25 october 2001 21:03:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- An international conference on "health care for all" opened Thursday at the Tropical Medicine Institute of Antwerp in northern Belgium. Full text...

  • Mali gets Dutch grant for meningitis immunisation
    25 october 2001 18:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Dutch Cooperation minister Evlyne Herfkens Wednesday handed to the Malian government an aid package of 1. Full text...

  • Anthrax scare raises more questions than answers
    25 october 2001 17:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Suddenly, anthrax has become the most dreaded disease in the world, since the first symptoms and three fatal case were reported in the US, on the heels of the 11 September terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe prepared for Anthrax attacks
    25 october 2001 17:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- State television Thursday quoted a senior government official as affirming that Zimbabwe was prepared to deal with anthrax attacks that have rocked the US and several other countries since America launched air strikes against Afghanistan three weeks ago. Full text...

  • Presidential Villa circulates information on Anthrax
    25 october 2001 10:39:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Doctors at Nigeria's Aso Rock Presidential Villa, have circulated to staff within the complex, information leaflets on anthrax, amid reports of a suspected scare of the disease in the northern Adamawa State. Full text...

  • Mbeki refutes criticism over national AIDS policy
    24 october 2001 22:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki rebuffed opposition parliamentarians over allegations that the South African government was in denial of the seriousness of the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • TB cases rising in Paris
    24 october 2001 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Tuberculosis cases are rising among homeless people in Paris, where infection rates are estimated to be similar to what prevails in sub-Saharan African states, says a news release received in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • New findings threaten Namibia's medicinal plant
    24 october 2001 20:39:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A medicinal plant, locally known as the devil's claw in areas it grows in Namibia and in some southern Africa countries, may be more potent in treating rheumatic disorders than standard drugs, researchers have found. Full text...

  • AFRO, humanitarian agency to assist African children
    24 october 2001 18:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A US-based humanitarian Organisation, Evergreen Humanitarian and Relief Services, has expressed interest in working with the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), under a project aimed at improving the quality of life of orphaned and less-privileged African children. Full text...

  • Global Plan to stop TB unveiled
    24 october 2001 18:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first two-day "Stop TB Partners' Forum" has ended at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC. Full text...

  • Anthrax scare hits Nigerian State
    24 october 2001 16:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's northern State of Adamawa has been hit by the world-wide anthrax scare, after an envelope containing a powdery substance was sent to the General Manager of the State Broadcasting Corporation, Abba Tahir. Full text...

  • Minister says Kenya can combat anthrax
    24 october 2001 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is capable of dealing with anthrax attacks, Public Health Minister Sam Ongeri declared Wednesday, just as local health and administration officials reported two deaths suspected to be linked with the bacteria in a remote area of the country. Full text...

  • Two Kenyans die from suspected anthrax infection
    24 october 2001 15:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two people have died and more than 100 others admitted in hospital after feasting on meat suspected to be infected with anthrax in a Kenyan remote village in South Eastern Trans-Mara District, health and local government officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian school reports measles outbreak
    24 october 2001 11:52:00
    Livingstone- Zambia (PANA) -- A Grade Twelve student is reported to have died following an outbreak of measles at Hillcrest Technical Secondary School in Livingstone, Zambia. Full text...

  • New Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis
    23 october 2001 21:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Stop TB Partnership, a global coalition, which includes the World Bank and the WHO, has launched a plan to contain the epidemic, which claimed 2 million lives in 2000. Full text...

  • Authorities recover auctioned health equipment
    23 october 2001 16:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Health authorities in Mozambique have recovered equipment donated by Portugal's First Lady, Maria Jose Ritta, and which had been auctioned off by the customs department in the port city of Beira, the State radio reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria raises panel on anthrax
    23 october 2001 15:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried by the wave of anthrax scare in the US and other parts of the world, including Africa, Nigeria has set up a panel to work out the country's response to a possible outbreak of the deadly bacteria disease. Full text...

  • Malawi hospital workers end strike
    23 october 2001 09:00:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Life was slowly returning to normal Tuesday at Malawi's biggest hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Central in Blantyre, after a crippling three-week strike by its workers. Full text...

  • Mkapa urges support for health reforms in Africa
    23 october 2001 08:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has asked industrialised nations to help make health a human rights issue in Africa. Full text...

  • Mali kicks back polio through vaccination campaign
    22 october 2001 21:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali on Monday launched a three-day mass vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis, covering children under five years of age. Full text...

  • Experts say economic problems cause insanity in Zimbabwe
    22 october 2001 20:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Psychiatric disorders, resulting into insanity were on the increase in Zimbabwe, mainly due to current economic difficulties, national health experts confirmed on Monday in Harare. Full text...

  • Dar es Salaam gripped by fear of anthrax
    22 october 2001 19:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Two Dar es Salaam residents are suspected to have contracted anthrax, which was diagnosed in the US about two weeks ago and more recently in neighbouring Kenya. Full text...

  • Obasanjo on Nigeria's anti-AIDS fight
    22 october 2001 19:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday lauded the country's "vanguard role" in raising world-wide awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as Nigerian workers staged a multi-sectoral walk/rally to boost the campaign among the population. Full text...

  • Ghana on the alert to check anthrax
    22 october 2001 18:59:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's outgoing health minister, Richard Anane, on Monday assured the public that everything was being done to prevent anthrax infection. Full text...

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