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  • Kenya's life expectancy drops to 54 years
    31 march 2003 18:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Poor eating habits and bad nutrition have contributed to the sharp drop in Kenya's life expectancy from 70 to 54 years, a forum on nutrition has observed. Full text...

  • Liberian hospitals get HIV/AIDS test kits
    31 march 2003 16:01:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- Nigerian Ambassador Ogbonnaya Nduaka on Monday donated a consignment of HIV/AIDS test kits and laboratory equipment to two hospitals in Monrovia for an AIDS prevention project initiated by the Nduaka Education Foundation, a U. Full text...

  • Nigerian private sector joins vaccine distribution
    31 march 2003 13:32:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Nigerian government has decided to involve the private sector in vaccine distribution to ensure effective delivery during immunisation of children under five years and women. Full text...

  • Nigerian regulatory agency approves anti-malaria insecticides
    30 march 2003 14:15:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has approved five insecticides for treating mosquito nets as part of efforts to check the scourge of malaria. Full text...

  • 8,000 Nigerian adults benefit from anti-retroviral drugs
    30 march 2003 14:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 8,000 adults living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria have benefited from an ambitious government programme to provide anti-retroviral drugs to needy citizens in the past one year, according to the chair of the national committee on AIDS, Babatunde Osotimehin. Full text...

  • Burkinabe network launches award for traditional medicine
    30 march 2003 11:52:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The network of Burkinabe journalists in traditional medicine (REJOMETRA) has launched a 2003 excellence award for traditional medicine/pharmacopoeia in Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • EU helps to finance clinical testing of anti-AIDS drugs
    28 march 2003 20:17:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Parliament has adopted a resolution for the European Union to help finance a clinical testing programme for drugs against HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. Full text...

  • Health forum urges greater action against unsafe abortion
    28 march 2003 20:04:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A just-ended meeting in Addis Ababa of African health ministers and other stakeholders has called on governments and the international community to intensify efforts at stemming unsafe abortion, blamed for 68,000 deaths annually world-wide. Full text...

  • CCA lobbies US Congress for US$15 billion AIDS grant to Africa
    28 march 2003 19:04:00
    Washington- US (PANA) -- The US Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) Friday announced the creation of an affiliate to lobby Congress to approve President George W. Full text...

  • UNICEF unveils anti-AIDS plan in three African countries
    28 march 2003 18:48:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- UNICEF unveiled here Friday a five- year programme to combat HIV/AIDS among youths in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe. Full text...

  • Expert criticises Nigerian media over HIV/AIDS reporting
    28 march 2003 13:10:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The media in Nigeria still lack in-depth knowledge and appropriate information on HIV/AIDS, the country director of the John Hopkins University/Centre for Communication Programme (JHU/CCP) in Nigeria, Bola Kusemiju, said. Full text...

  • Swiss surgeons operate 9 Mauritian children's hearts
    27 march 2003 23:10:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A team of Swiss surgeons this week performed open heart surgery on nine Mauritian children aged between one month and 11 years at the Pamplemousses cardiac surgery centre, some 15km north of Port-Louis. Full text...

  • EU told to strengthen medicine pricing scheme
    27 march 2003 15:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Member states of the European Union must strengthen the price regulation scheme proposed last October, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), said on Thursday. Full text...

  • UNDP supports emergency intervention against Ebola in Congo
    26 march 2003 15:44:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The UNDP has presented four Iridium telephones with chargers, two generators, two motorcycles and 10 bicycles to health authorities in Congo in support of the emergency programme against the deadly Ebola epidemic in that country. Full text...

  • Libyan association organises immunisation campaign in Chad
    26 march 2003 15:02:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- A caravan of medical aid from a Libyan charity, Aïcha (named after Colonel Mouammar Kadhafi's daughter) is in N'djamena for an immunisation campaign in the Chadian capital and its environs, press accounts indicated back here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Pretoria decries heckling of minister by AIDS activists
    26 march 2003 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has chastised AIDS activists who heckled Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang when she was addressing a health conference in Cape Town Tuesday. Full text...

  • Scabies reported in southeastern Swaziland
    26 march 2003 07:42:00
    Ndzevane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Health officials have reported some 354 cases of scabies in the cholera and drought-stricken Lubulini and Ndzevane communities of southeastern Swaziland. Full text...

  • UN enlists peacekeepers in Sierra Leone to fight HIV/AIDS
    11 march 2003 23:47:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- The United Nations Tuesday launched an HIV/AIDS awareness campaign among its peacekeepers in Sierra Leone as part of the fight against the epidemic in the country. Full text...

  • Malaria: Mozambican minister makes case for African scientists
    11 march 2003 19:11:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Health Minister Francisco Songane said African scientists should be provided with resources to develop institutional capacities for high level researches into malaria cure. Full text...

  • DR Congo gets US$2.64 million from Japan to fight polio, measles
    11 march 2003 17:57:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Japan has granted the UNICEF office in Kinshasa a 2. Full text...

  • Egyptians risk death from pollution, doctors warn
    11 march 2003 16:10:00
    Cairo- Egypt (PANA) -- Local press accounts quoted physicians Tuesday as warning that more people in Egypt are likely to succumb to such fatal diseases as chest ailments, kidney failure, liver disease and cancers arising from pollution. Full text...

  • MSF props fight against meningitis in Niger
    11 march 2003 15:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A team from the international medical volunteer body Doctors Without Borders (MSF) has arrived in Zinder (900 km east of Niamey) to support local health agents conducting a vaccination campaign against meningitis. Full text...

  • Nigeria puts HIV/AIDS course into teacher training curriculum
    11 march 2003 12:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria has introduced an HIV/AIDS course into the teachers' training program as part of measures aimed at tackling the scourge. Full text...

  • Ebola claims 100 lives in Congo
    10 march 2003 20:37:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some 100 persons out of the 140 cases diagnosed have died of Ebola fever in Kelle and Mbomo districts in the north-west of Congo, Radio Congo said Monday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • EU grants Congo 328 million FCFA to fight Ebola
    10 march 2003 19:01:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has donated 328 million FCFA to finance Ebola haemorrhagic fever control measures in north-west Congo's Kelle and Mbomo district, the head of the EU mission in Gabon Jochen Krebs told journalists here Monday. Full text...

  • South African university gets world-class health facility
    10 march 2003 17:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Mohammed Valli Moosa, on Monday launched an occupational and environmental health facility at the University of Natal's Nelson Mandela Medical School in Durban. Full text...

  • WHO confirms 97 Ebola deaths in Congo-Brazzaville
    10 march 2003 15:52:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Ninety-seven deaths have been reported from the 115 "probable cases" of Ebola in Congo-Brazzaville this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in the country, Lamine Sarr, said in Brazzaville Monday. Full text...

  • Congolese authorities battle Ebola epidemic
    08 march 2003 19:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Environment minister Henri Djomobo affirmed Thursday in Brazzaville that the government has "declared war" against the Ebola virus currently wreaking havoc in two districts in northern Congo. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll rises to 94 in north-west Congo
    08 march 2003 13:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The Ebola virus outbreak, which has been rife since 4 January in the department of West Cuvette in northern Congo, has now claimed 94 lives, according to health officials Friday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Surgeon removes 22-kg cyst from Mauritanian woman
    07 march 2003 22:12:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Amienettou mint Hamoudou, a Mauritanian woman, has undergone surgery at a Mauritania clinic to get a 22-kg cyst removed from her abdomen, medical sources said here. Full text...

  • Ebola death toll rises to 90 in northern Congo
    07 march 2003 21:33:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The death toll in the Ebola epidemic in northern Congo has risen to 90, Health minister Alain Moka indicated Thursday, adding that a total of 110 cases had so far been diagnosed in two districts in the region. Full text...

  • Northern Congolese urged to keep away from primate meat
    07 march 2003 20:51:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville Friday urged people in the West Basin area (north) stricken by an epidemic of the haemorrhagic Ebola fever to abstain from eating primate meat and to respect all the instructions given to them by health workers. Full text...

  • Female Swazi reporter quits newsroom to help victims of AIDS
    07 march 2003 20:40:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- In an unusual switch that left her colleagues baffled former reporter Ceb'sile Dlamini, 27, has since dropped her jotter and moved in as a volunteer at Hope House, a Catholic nursing home in Manzini for AIDS sufferers waiting to die. Full text...

  • Women's football tournament to highlight AIDS campaign
    07 march 2003 18:55:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- An international women's football tournament has been slated here for 11-17 March to animate the campaign against HIV/AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Niger, Nigeria to synchronise vaccination campaign
    06 march 2003 23:24:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- National polio vaccination days in Niger would be synchronised with those of neighbouring Nigeria and possibly Cote d'Ivoire this year, West Africa polio programme director Dr Ibrahima Kane indicated here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Heart diseases are leading cause of death in Mauritius
    06 march 2003 23:05:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Cardiovascular diseases account for the highest number of deaths in Mauritius, with health officials saying heart problems claimed 3,809 lives last year while cancer came second (887 deaths) followed by respiratory diseases (703 deaths). Full text...

  • Authorities report resurgence of Sleeping Sickness in Bas-Congo
    06 march 2003 22:21:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Health authorities in DR Congo have reported a resurgence of Trypanosomiasis (Sleeping Sickness) in parts of Bas-Congo Province, notably the districts of Bas-Fleuve and Cataractes. Full text...

  • Deaths of Kenyan women irks lobby group
    06 march 2003 20:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan empowerment lobby group leader on Thursday expressed concern that more than 6,000 women are losing their lives annually in the country due to pregnancy- related complications. Full text...

  • Meningitis, measles kill 153 in Niger
    06 march 2003 19:04:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 130 people have died of meningitis and another 23 from measles in Niger this year, a government statement said. Full text...

  • Medic roots for use of DDT in malaria control
    06 march 2003 18:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) director, Davy Koech, has said he would like to see the re-introduction of Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) in the fight against malaria as long as it is used responsibly. Full text...

  • Over 2,000 screen in Niger for HIV in 2002
    06 march 2003 15:09:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- More than 2,000 people were screened at Niger's HIV/AIDS Voluntary Screening Centre (CEDAV) in 2002, according to Dr Gouro Kadidiatou, leader of the NGO 'Live Better With AIDS'. Full text...

  • Ebola epidemic worries Congo
    05 march 2003 23:27:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congolese Health and Population Minister Alain Moka has said that the situation in the two northern districts of western Cuvette hit by the Ebola virus was worrying. Full text...

  • Zambian military to reject HIV-positive recruits
    05 march 2003 21:09:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian military will not recruit anyone who is HIV-positive into its armed forces because military life is strenuous and hazardous and could send the unwary to an early grave, said the army's senior medical officer, Brigadier General James Simpungwe, on Wednesday in Lusaka. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic hits southern Burundi
    05 march 2003 20:16:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Some 132 cases of cholera, including nine deaths, have been recorded in the past month in Rumonge town and its surrounding areas 70 km south of Bujumbura, medical sources in the area have said. Full text...

  • Nigerian agency warns bakers to quit using harmful chemical
    05 march 2003 12:47:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned bakers in the country to stop the use of potassium bromate by June or face a clampdown by the agency. Full text...

  • Medical NGO selects Ethiopia, South Africa for funding
    05 march 2003 08:29:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A delegation from Initiative on Pharmaceutical Technology Transfer (IPTT) has assessed four pharmaceutical factories in Ethiopia in a bid to select two for funding to manufacture antiretroviral drugs. Full text...

  • Cancer researchers from Europe, Africa meet in Yaounde
    04 march 2003 22:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- The 2nd congress of European and African cancer researchers opens here on Wednesday with some 300 participants on roll, the organisers indicated Tuesday, adding that the three-day meeting would focus on virus-induced cancers. Full text...

  • Congo Brazzaville fights Ebola spread
    04 march 2003 20:34:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Congo Brazzaville is intensifying preventive and containment measures against the Ebola fever that has killed more than 80 people this year in the country, health officials said in Brazzaville Tuesday. Full text...

  • Gabonese demand strict border checks over Ebola
    04 march 2003 18:25:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Residents of Mekambo, a Gabonese town on the country's border with Ebola-hit Congo Brazzaville, have called on Libreville authorities to control cross-border movement of people and goods so as to stem the spread of the deadly fever, Radio Gabon reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Rabat to host 4th African Rheumatology Congress
    03 march 2003 23:32:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- The fourth African Rheumatology Congress would hold 6-8 March in Rabat, sources at the Moroccan Rheumatology Society confirmed Monday. Full text...

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