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  • Mbeki commends South African health workers on racism
    20 november 2001 11:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki has commended South African health workers for standing up against racism in the sector. Full text...

  • 50 percent of children in Anjouan malnourished
    19 november 2001 20:55:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- Fifty percent of children in Anjouan Island (part of the Comoro Islands) suffer from malnutrition while the health conditions of children under five years of age and women have seriously deteriorated in the past few years, the island's director of health, Dr Mahamoud Said revealed Monday. Full text...

  • President Moi Orders Health Insurance for Kenyans
    19 november 2001 20:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- President Daniel arap Moi has instructed ministers for public health and medical services to take action aimed at establishing a social health insurance scheme for all Kenyans. Full text...

  • African experts meet on traditional medicine
    19 november 2001 19:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine in the African Region got underway in Harare, Zimbabwe Monday with a call on its members to provide guidance on the institutionalisation of traditional medicine in health systems of the continent. Full text...

  • African experts meet on traditional medicine
    19 november 2001 19:14:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first meeting of the Expert Committee on Traditional Medicine in the African Region got underway in Harare, Zimbabwe Monday with a call on its members to provide guidance on the institutionalisation of traditional medicine in health systems of the continent. Full text...

  • Abidjan to host ADB/WHO consultative meeting on health
    19 november 2001 19:13:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The African Development Bank and the World Health Organisation are to hold their ninth consultative meeting in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, from 21-22 November. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS takes toll on Botswana's teachers
    19 november 2001 17:47:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Eighty teachers die annually from HIV/AIDS related ailments in Botswana, authorities in Gaborone said Monday. Full text...

  • Indian, American volunteer doctors in Zambia
    19 november 2001 13:32:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A team of 16 medical doctors from India and the US, has arrived in Zambia to perform about 500 free orthopaedic, eye and dental operations, the Zambian news agency (ZANA) reported Monday. Full text...

  • Specialists offer Zambians free treatment
    19 november 2001 13:24:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A team of 16 specialised medical doctors arrived in Zambia at the weekend to offer about 500 free orthopaedic, eye and dental operations, health authorities in Lusaka announced Monday. Full text...

  • US organizations to set up HIV/AIDS resource centre in Ethiopia
    19 november 2001 13:09:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- A new resource centre with accurate and up-to-date information on HIV/AIDS is to be set up in Ethiopia, a country with one of the world's highest prevalence rates, by the John Hopkins University Centre for Communication Programmes (JHU/CCP). Full text...

  • Diabetes reported at alarming scale in Cameroon
    17 november 2001 18:27:00
    Douala- Cameroon (PANA) -- Exact figures are not available, but specialists describe the incidence of diabetes in Cameroon as alarming. Full text...

  • Sleeping sickness is major slow killer in Ghana
    17 november 2001 13:50:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- At least 60 percent of Ghana's total area is infested with trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), the slow killer disease transmitted by the tsetse fly to both man and animals. Full text...

  • AIDS threatens life expectancy in Mozambique
    16 november 2001 23:57:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Although the number of Mozambicans infected with the HIV, the virus that causes the lethal disease AIDS, has been revised downwards, it has been revealed that the pandemic could still reduce life expectancy in the country by 14 years over the next decade. Full text...

  • WHO acknowledges success of synchronised immunisation campaign
    16 november 2001 22:45:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative in Sierra Leone, Joaquim Saweka, has praised the chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Alpha Umar Konare and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria for their "commitment to the eradication of polio from Africa". Full text...

  • DR Congo to replace chloroquine for malaria treatment
    16 november 2001 22:43:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo's Health Minister, Mashako Mamba, says government plans to replace chloroquine as drug of first line of treatment for malaria in the country. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe gets Task Force on Bio-terrorism
    16 november 2001 20:52:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Friday set up a Task Force to combat bio-terrorism after two people received letters containing suspected anthrax in the country. Full text...

  • Vasectomy still unacceptable amongst Kenyan males
    16 november 2001 20:38:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Shock and disbelief greeted a recent announcement by a young Kenyan business executive to the effect that at last he had had a vasectomy, a widely recommended but controversial male contraceptive method in the country. Full text...

  • AIDS negatively impacts on South African economy
    16 november 2001 11:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African banking group Absa on Thursday released an update of its 15-year scenario forecast for the South African economy, this time focusing on the impact of AIDS. Full text...

  • Tanzania wages anti-AIDS battle among youth
    16 november 2001 10:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Using a blend of interventions including folk theatre, Tanzania's national commission on AIDS (TACAIDS) is trying to reach out to the youth in a desperate rearguard battle against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Morocco officially declares 913 cases of AIDS
    16 november 2001 10:07:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Morocco's health ministry revealed that 913 people living with AIDS, 65 percent of whom were males, had been registered in the kingdom by 30 September 2001. Full text...

  • Conference delegates decry prenatal mortality rate in Congo
    15 november 2001 21:26:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Delegates attending Congo's 4th National Gynaecology Days in the southern city of Pointe-Noire have called for greater prenatal attention to ensure safe delivery, official sources noted Thursday in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Butchers' body alarmed by increasing cases of anthrax
    15 november 2001 19:39:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Kenya National Butchers Union said Thursday it was concerned over increasing cases of anthrax infections being reported in several parts of the country as a result of people consuming infected meat and has asked the authorities to intervene. Full text...

  • Kenya launches vaccine against child-killer diseases
    15 november 2001 10:27:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Medical authorities in Kenya Thursday launched a new vaccine that fights the five major child killer diseases -- Diphtheria, Pertusis, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus Influenza. Full text...

  • Two Israeli ophthalmologists due in Kinshasa 20 November
    14 november 2001 20:04:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Two Israeli ophthalmologists, Yaron Lang and Amos Bar are due in Kinshasa, capital of DR Congo 20 November. Full text...

  • Kano government tackles cholera outbreak
    14 november 2001 17:46:00
    Kano- Nigeria (PANA) -- Authorities of Kano state in northern Nigeria have set up four medical committees charged with treating victims of the cholera outbreak, which has claimed more than 500 lives in the state. Full text...

  • DR Congo has about 10 million cases of diabetes
    14 november 2001 15:53:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Between six million and 10 million cases of diabetes exist in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Dr Kajingu of the Kinshasa university's faculty of medicine. Full text...

  • Kenyan Hospital Manufactures Own Drugs
    14 november 2001 10:05:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyatta National Hospital here has started manufacturing its own drugs and other medical equipment at its sterile preparation unit, the hospital director, Dr Hosea Waweru, has confirmed. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic in Maputo, Central Mozambique
    13 november 2001 22:23:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- At least 27 deaths have resulted from 1,721 cholera cases in Mozambique's Central province of Zambezia, the Mozambican news agency (AIM) reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • 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...

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