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  • Mozambique to undertake emergency spraying against mosquitoes
    17 january 2002 10:47:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Health Ministry has announced that it would undertake an emergency campaign to spray mosquito breeding grounds with insecticide, first targeting low lying parts of the capital Maputo. Full text...

  • Mozambique's cholera death toll reaches 139
    17 january 2002 08:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The current cholera epidemic has now reached eight of Mozambique's 11 provinces, with 11,527 confirmed cases and 139 deaths, reports the Maputo daily "Noticias". Full text...

  • Burkina Faso records 101 cases of meningitis in January
    16 january 2002 20:46:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Some 101 cases of meningitis resulting in 24 deaths were reported in Burkina Faso in the first half of this month, the health ministry secretary, Dr. Full text...

  • Zambian NGO wants presumed HIV drug tested
    16 january 2002 13:48:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A Lusaka-based NGO, Global Information Network-Africa (GIN-A), has appealed to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to speed up laboratory tests on an anti-viral drug reportedly discovered early last year by a researcher based in Zambia. Full text...

  • African churches launch plan to combat HIV/AIDS
    16 january 2002 10:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Churches in Africa have launched an ambitious plan of action meant to support efforts instituted by other bodies to combat HIV/AIDS on the continent. Full text...

  • Monks open pharmacopoeia on islands near Bissau
    15 january 2002 23:40:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Italian monks have inaugurated an alternative medicine centre in Bubaque in the Bijagos archipelago, located south-western of Bissau. Full text...

  • Nigeria sensitises youth corps on HIV/AIDS
    15 january 2002 18:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of a rise in HIV/AIDS cases in Nigeria, a two-day sensitisation programme on the incurable disease has been worked into the month-long orientation plan for the 40,000 members of this year's National Youth Service Corps (NYSC). Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire starts fresh campaign against HIV/AIDS
    15 january 2002 12:53:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian government has launched a new assault against the HIV/AIDS through a campaign dubbed, "Cote d'Ivoire's Tour Against AIDS". Full text...

  • Ghana's minister inaugurates anti-smoking committee
    14 january 2002 20:41:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's health minister Dr Kweku Afriyie on Monday inaugurated the National Steering Committee for Tobacco Control with a call on institutions and non-governmental organisations to join in the fight to curb tobacco smoking. Full text...

  • WHO says 66 billion US dollars needed in health sector
    14 january 2002 19:15:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- World Health Organisation's Director- General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland on Monday called for increased funding of health programmes in developing countries. Full text...

  • Malaria kills seven in Zimbabwe
    14 january 2002 13:27:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Monday that malaria killed seven people throughout the country last week, while more than 6 700 cases of the disease have been reported since the rainy season began last October. Full text...

  • Winds of Hope Foundation briefs Niger leader on its work
    14 january 2002 11:18:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- President Tandja Mamadou has received members of the Winds of Hope Foundation who informed him about the activities of their foundation in Niger, particularly regarding the fight against the noma disease. Full text...

  • US supports Ethiopia's health project
    13 january 2002 11:17:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has been assured of support by the United States in furthering a public health improvement programme in the Southern region. Full text...

  • Stray dogs worry hospital management in Zambia
    12 january 2002 20:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's biggest medical referral centre, the University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, is under siege from stray dogs most of which have been abandoned by families that can no longer care for them. Full text...

  • Malawi proposes SADC declaration on HIV/AIDS
    12 january 2002 16:50:00
    Malawi- Blantyre (PANA) -- Malawi has at a ministerial conference ahead of a special summit of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) proposed a declaration highlighting the urgency of action to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Malaria kills nine in northern Kenya
    11 january 2002 20:50:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- An outbreak of malaria in the northern Kenya district of Isiolo has claimed the lives of nine people within the last one week, medical authorities from the area confirmed to PANA Friday. Full text...

  • Kenya turns to traditional medicine to combat AIDS
    09 january 2002 22:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) - – Kenya is shifting attention from conventional to herbal medicine in its fight against the HIV/AIDS scourge, public health minister Sam Ongeri has disclosed. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe shuts major post office over anthrax attack
    08 january 2002 15:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe postal authorities Tuesday shut down one of the biggest post offices in Harare after two mail sorting staff fell ill after handling letters containing powder suspected to be anthrax. Full text...

  • Cape Verde moves to fight Hepatitis B
    06 january 2002 19:21:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- The fight against hepatitis B is top on Cape Verde's immunisation programme, launched 1 January 2002, Health ministry sources said Saturday. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills 20 in Sierra Leone
    06 january 2002 15:56:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Health authorities in Sierra Leone's northern Koinadu district have confirmed what was feared to be an outbreak of Meningitis in the area. Full text...

  • Cameroon uses essay contest to sensitises youths on AIDS
    04 january 2002 19:37:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Sidacameroun, a group of Cameroonian communicators against AIDS, has launched a short story contest on HIV/AIDS in a move to sensitise young people about the pandemic. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe blood bank dries after bloody holidays
    03 january 2002 21:26:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Stored blood reserves in Zimbabwe had ran perilously low by Thursday after a bloody holiday season which saw more than 100 deaths in over 1,000 road accidents. Full text...

  • Meningitis kills ten in northern Sierra Leone
    03 january 2002 19:16:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Meningitis has killed 10 people in northern Sierra Leone's Krubola town, Koinadugu district, health officials confirmed in Freetown Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe says malaria has developed resistance to drugs
    02 january 2002 19:24:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A senior health official in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that malaria had developed resistance to drugs commonly used in certain parts of the country. Full text...

  • Report says maternal death is a world-wide problem
    02 january 2002 10:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 500,000 women lose their lives every year due to complications in pregnancy and childbirth, a new report by the London-based Panos Institute says. Full text...

  • Media to join Mali's bandwagon against HIV/AIDS
    01 january 2002 19:05:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 20 journalists and communication experts recently took part in a workshop at the Malian town of Selingue, 160 km south of the capital, Bamako on the involvement of traditional and modern media in the campaign against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Niger launches first trachoma control days
    31 december 2001 12:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Niger's minister of state for endemics, Halimatou Ousseini, has officially launched the first national trachoma control days in Koloram in the Zinder district, 920 km from Niamey the capital. Full text...

  • Treating Sickle-Cell Anaemia In Niger
    30 december 2001 18:34:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Sickle-cell anaemia has become a real health problem in Niger, the independent weekly, Le Republicain, has reported quoting medical sources. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak kills 8 persons in Malawi
    30 december 2001 11:28:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Cholera outbreak in the southern Malawi lakeshore resort district of Mangochi has killed at least eight persons, health authorities confirmed Sunday. Full text...

  • Half of DR Congo population affected by disease
    29 december 2001 19:08:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Onchocerciasis, Bilharziasis and Trypanosomiasis are rampant in the eastern Kinshasa suburb of N'Dili Kilambo, where 10,000 residents are affected in a population of 12,846 people, health sources said Friday. Full text...

  • Fansidar replaces chloroquine in DR Congo's malaria treatment
    28 december 2001 20:53:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Fansidar will now replace chloroquine in malaria treatment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Dr Nsilu Ndosimao, director of the country's National Malaria Control Programme (PNLP), has announced. Full text...

  • Ebola virus kills six in the North-western Congo
    28 december 2001 17:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola haemorrhagic fever has killed six people while 12 others have been infected by the often lethal virus in Congo's Western Basin region near the border with Gabon, a source close to the ministry of health said in Brazzaville Friday. Full text...

  • Rotary Club donates 350 millions FCFA to fight polio in Niger
    28 december 2001 14:23:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Rotary International Foundation on Thursday gave a grant of 350 million FCFA to help Niger in its efforts to eradicate poliomyelitis, an official source said in Niamey. Full text...

  • Ebola virus continues to cause havoc in Congo
    27 december 2001 12:48:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Five people infected by the Ebola virus died in the Western Basin region of Congo-Brazzaville on the border with Gabon, an official source confirmed. Full text...

  • Mauritius to offer free treatment to HIV positive people
    26 december 2001 23:01:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- HIV positive Mauritians will be offered anti-retrovirals starting from the first quarter of 2002, thanks to a health ministry initiative, sources close to the ministry said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Anger in Algeria after vaccination kills seven babies
    25 december 2001 16:26:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Residents of Oued El-Abtal in the Mascara prefecture of Mascara, 360-km west of Algiers, angrily reacted Monday to the death of seven babies after being vaccinated against measles. Full text...

  • Cholera Cases Reported In Zimbabwe
    25 december 2001 11:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in the Zimbabwe capital Harare Tuesday reported three cases of cholera, but said the outbreak had since been contained. Full text...

  • Algerian Commission Blames Human Error for Death of Babies
    25 december 2001 10:50:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Human error was to blame for the death of seven babies after they were inoculated against measles at a health centre in Algeria on Saturday, an inquiry commission has said. Full text...

  • Malian president honours people living with HIV
    24 december 2001 19:26:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian President Alpha Omar Konare has awarded a medal of the National Order to two associations of people living with HIV for making a significant impact in the fight against the AIDS pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • Top scholar's call to the media on HIV/AIDS management
    24 december 2001 19:07:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan university don has called for modification of HIV/AIDS messages by the country's electronic and print media with a view to linking awareness campaigns and behavioural change by the populace. Full text...

  • Outdated vaccine kills seven infants in Algeria
    24 december 2001 13:03:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Seven infants died and about thirty others were hospitalised after receiving an anti-measles vaccination in Mascara, west of Algiers, hospital sources revealed Sunday. Full text...

  • Rwanda introduces new malaria drugs
    23 december 2001 15:47:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda has introduced new malaria drugs, Health authorities affirmed Sunday in Kigali. Full text...

  • Kenya makes gains in AIDS fight
    23 december 2001 11:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- As the year 2001 comes to a close, many world societies are taking stock of their gains and losses, especially in regard to the ravaging HIV/AIDS pandemic, one of the greatest challenges to the present world's public health problems. Full text...

  • Court postpones ruling on Bulgarians' HIV infection case
    22 december 2001 20:47:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan People's Court on Saturday postponed its ruling in a case involving six Bulgarians and a Palestinian doctor accused of contaminating 400 Libyan children with HIV, which leads to the incurable AIDS. Full text...

  • Ebola takes toll in north Congo
    21 december 2001 21:41:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ebola fever has killed four persons and attacked 11 others in the region of Cuvette-Ouest, north Congo-Brazzaville, official sources confirmed Friday in Brazzaville after WHO reported toll on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigerian AIDS drugs administration starts next week
    21 december 2001 17:48:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's much-delayed haalth care project, aimed at giving HIV/AIDS patients access to anti- retroviral drugs, has been re-scheduled to start next week, according to an official of the Federal Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • Row breaks out in Kenya over blood samples to UK
    20 december 2001 15:17:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A bitter row has erupted between the owners of a Nairobi HIV/AIDS orphanage, Nyumbani Children's Home, and a researcher at Kenya's Institute of Primate Research, over blood samples which have allegedly been collected from the minors and siphoned off to Oxford University in the UK. Full text...

  • Burkina makes new attacks on STDs/AIDS
    19 december 2001 19:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Burkina Faso has launched a multi-sectoral project in Ouagadougou, all in to the struggle against AIDS and the sexually transmitted diseases. Full text...

  • Mali to organise day to sensitise populace on AIDS
    19 december 2001 15:51:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's Sharing Foundation chaired by Adam Ba Konare, President Omar Konare's wife, will Saturday organise a function called "Synchro-SIDA" to highlight the fight against AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • Sanitary control at the border between Congo and Gabon
    18 december 2001 23:47:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese authorities have tightened health control measures at the border with Gabon to prevent the possibility of cross-border infections by the deadly haemorrhagic Ebola fever, an official source said Tuesday in Brazzaville. Full text...

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