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  • Meningitis, measles kill 611 people in Niger
    06 may 2003 10:58:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 611 people have died of meningitis and measles in Niger between 1 January and 20 April this year, Health Minister Mamadou Sourguia told Parliament. Full text...

  • Mozambican Health Minister harps on anti-AIDS fight
    05 may 2003 18:30:00
    Inhambane- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Health Minister Francisco Songane said Monday that the Maputo government considered the fight against HIV/AIDS crucial to national development. Full text...

  • WHO to support production of indigenous anti-malarial drugs
    05 may 2003 15:49:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is to provide technical support for the development and commercial production of "dihydro-artemisinin," a plant-based anti-malarial medicine reputed to have the highest cure rate for the tropical disease, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has said. Full text...

  • Cholera kills two in northern Zambian northern
    04 may 2003 16:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A fresh cholera outbreak has killed at least two persons in Zambia's northern district of Nchelenge, where 29 others are hospitalised with the infectious waterborne disease, the Zambia Information Service reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Sudan bars passengers from SARS affected countries
    04 may 2003 12:36:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan has begun to bar entry to flights from SARS affected countries, the private daily Alraai Aam newspaper reported here Sunday. Full text...

  • Traditional midwives train in Equatorial Guinea
    04 may 2003 09:52:00
    Malabo- Equatorial Guinea (PANA) -- The ministry of health and social welfare in Equatorial Guinea has embarked on training traditional midwives in order to reduce child mortality. Full text...

  • Brazil to produce anti-retrovirals in Mozambique
    03 may 2003 18:45:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Brazilian government has expressed interest in manufacturing HIV/AIDS anti-retroviral drugs in Mozambique, the national news agency, AIM, reported in Maputo Saturday. Full text...

  • Stress kills 15 percent of pregnant women in Cote d'Ivoire
    02 may 2003 22:34:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Figures from the Health ministry indicate that 15 percent of the 300,000 deliveries recorded every year in Cote d'Ivoire present fatal complications arising from stress or anxiety. Full text...

  • Cholera cases increasing in Maputo, Beira
    02 may 2003 20:17:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The number of cholera cases was getting worse in Mozambique's two largest cities of Maputo and Beira, and in the southern province of Gaza, a daily reported on Friday, According to Noticias, Maputo City health director Olivia Ferreira said that 50 cholera patients were being admitted daily at the Cholera Treatment Centre (CTC) at the Mavalane General Hospital. Full text...

  • Cameroon cancels 2003 measles, polio vaccine campaign
    02 may 2003 18:27:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Cameroon will not hold national vaccination campaigns in 2003 against measles and poliomyelitis, owing to a high rate of coverage during 2002, a health official said Friday. Full text...

  • Chinese workers assume duty after being quarantined for SARS
    02 may 2003 17:03:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Some 78 female Chinese workers who were quarantined for 10 days over suspicion of being infected with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, assumed duty Friday morning at the Tian-Li de Belle-Rive factory in central Mauritius, health officials said in Port- Louis. Full text...

  • Three out of ten Mauritians suffer hypertension
    02 may 2003 17:00:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- About 30 percent of Mauritians from 30-years-old and above, suffer from hypertension and require medical treatment and care, the Mauritian Society of Cardiologists has disclosed. Full text...

  • WHO welcomes African ministers' call for action against SARS
    02 may 2003 16:12:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) Friday welcomed the call by African health ministers for "appropriate responses" to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), and pledged continued support to African countries, many of which have already taken measures to detect and curb the spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Ugandan doctors shun public hospitals, seek greener pastures
    02 may 2003 13:14:00
    Kampala- Uganda (PANA) -- Quality health care continues to elude Ugandans as doctors desert public hospitals for private practice, citing "poor emoluments" offered by government. Full text...

  • Sickle cell affects 30 percent of population in DR Congo
    02 may 2003 07:45:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- At least 30 percent of the population of DR Congo suffer from sickle cell anaemia, while about two percent of newborn babies are affected by the homozygous type, Dr Leon Tshilolo of Monkole Hospital in Kinshasa told journalists here. Full text...

  • Samba lauds role of partners in fight against malaria
    01 may 2003 17:35:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has commended organisations in the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) partnership for their role in the fight against the disease in the African Region. Full text...

  • African Health ministers end two-day confab in Tripoli
    01 may 2003 17:29:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- At the close of a conference held 29- 30 April in Tripoli, African health ministers Wednesday urged their respective countries to adopt a common stance on the problem of brain drain, and on support from the World Fund for the fight against HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Full text...

  • Africa tightens surveillance over SARS, says WHO
    01 may 2003 16:56:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- African countries have tightened their health surveillance systems with a view to ensuring prompt detection and prevention of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the flu-like disease which has infected more than 5,462 people and killed at least 353 others world-wide, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba said in Brazzaville. Full text...

  • Kenyan herbalists seek guidelines on medical collaboration
    30 april 2003 22:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Herbalists in Kenya want the country's health authorities to formulate clear-cut policies so as to enhance speedy developments in herbal and conventional medicine integration research. Full text...

  • WHO declares SARS outbreak under control in Vietnam
    30 april 2003 22:12:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Vietnam the first country to contain the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak within its borders. Full text...

  • Official says no SARS in Mauritania
    30 april 2003 22:04:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian government spokesman Cheikh Ould Ely, said Wednesday that no case of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus had been reported in the country. Full text...

  • Mozambican hospitals ready to deal with SARS
    30 april 2003 21:00:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican hospitals at central and provincial levels are ready to deal with possible cases of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus, which has triggered worldwide panic, health officials said in Maputo Wednesday. Full text...

  • Obasanjo orders airport screening for SARS
    30 april 2003 17:25:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Wednesday directed that health officials be stationed at all international airports to screen travellers into the country for the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus. Full text...

  • Lagos government alerts residents on SARS
    30 april 2003 15:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Lagos government has alerted residents of Nigeria's most-populous city to prepare for possible outbreak of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus that has infected more than 5,000 and killed 353 people in 29 countries, according to the World Health Organisation. Full text...

  • African health ministers attend conference in Tripoli
    30 april 2003 12:13:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Ministers from 39 African states are on the second day of the first ordinary conference of be held under the African Union (AU), which opened here Tuesday to examine the continent's deteriorating health conditions. Full text...

  • South African suspected of having SARS dies in hospital
    30 april 2003 07:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A South African businessman who was hospitalised with symptoms associated with SARS -- the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome -- has died at the Pretoria East Hospital, health authorities said Wednesday. Full text...

  • French surgeons separate Siamese twins from Niger
    29 april 2003 21:10:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Two Siamese twins from Niger were successfully separated Tuesday in Paris in a surgery carried out by a team at Necker Pediatric Hospital, sources there confirmed. Full text...

  • Imams join fight against AIDS in Mali
    29 april 2003 21:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- The Malian League of Imams and Islamic Scholars (LIMAMA) has resolved to use Friday prayer sessions to sensitise Malians on HIV/AIDS, Imam El Hadj Mohamed Fode Cisse affirmed while launching the initiative that is backed by the NGO Population Service International-Mali (PSI-Mali) and USAID. Full text...

  • Brussels to host conference on heart diseases in Africa
    29 april 2003 20:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A conference on heart diseases in Africa has been slated for 10-12 May in Brussels, the Belgian capital, the organisers have announced. Full text...

  • Christian group challenges abortion law in South Africa
    29 april 2003 16:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Hearing began Tuesday in the suit filed by South Africa's Christian Lawyers Association (CLA) challenging the legal rights of a pregnant girl to terminate her pregnancy without the consent of her parent(s) or guardian. Full text...

  • Swazi AIDS carrier informs lovers of her status before dying
    29 april 2003 10:45:00
    Kwaluseni- Swaziland (PANA) -- A female student at the University of Swaziland's Kwaluseni campus has left a handful of lovers in misery after she informed them she had AIDS shortly before succumbing to the scourge. Full text...

  • Tripoli to host African health ministers confab
    28 april 2003 12:32:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- The Libyan capital, Tripoli, will Tuesday and Wednesday host the first ordinary session of the Conference of African Health Ministers, conference sources disclosed Monday. Full text...

  • UNCIEF to spend US$5 million to combat AIDS in Ethiopia
    28 april 2003 11:28:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- UNICEF has allocated over US$5 million to finance integrated HIV/AIDS intervention activities in Ethiopia this year, the children agency's country representative, Bjorn Ljungqvist, said here Monday. Full text...

  • WHO, Swazi health officials to meet on SARS
    28 april 2003 10:21:00
    Matsapha- Swaziland (PANA) -- Swazi health authorities and World Health Organization (WHO) officials are to meet Monday to devise an approach towards preventing the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the country. Full text...

  • Southern Algeria in dire need of specialised doctors
    27 april 2003 19:42:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- There is barely one specialised physician for every 12,500, a dentist for every 14,000 and a general practitioner for every 2,333 inhabitants in Algeria's southern towns, according to the statistics issued by the health ministry. Full text...

  • Mauritania slates health survey for May
    27 april 2003 19:06:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A health survey planned by the World Health Organization (WHO) for 67 countries, including Mauritania, will be launched here early May, official sources indicated. Full text...

  • Malaria remains Africa's major burden
    26 april 2003 13:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Malaria continues to be a major killer disease that kills over a million lives of pregnant women and children below the age of five years in sub-Saharan Africa every year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Malaria kills 50,000 Malians yearly
    25 april 2003 21:20:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malaria, which represents 33 percent of medical consultations in Mali, kills about 50,000 persons each year, the health ministry announced Friday in Bamako on the occasion of Africa Malaria Day. Full text...

  • Malaria leads health problems in Africa - WHO official
    25 april 2003 20:21:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Malaria continues to be the number one health problem in Africa, claiming millions of lives annually on the continent, James Mwanzia, World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative in the Gambia, said Friday in Banjul. Full text...

  • Zambia to dwarf malaria cases with new drug
    25 april 2003 19:22:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian health authorities Friday expressed "great optimism" that the incidence of malaria would be slashed in coming years by increased use of insecticide treated bed-nets and introduction of a new drug called 'Coartem'. Full text...

  • SADC recommits to fulfil Abuja malaria declaration
    25 april 2003 16:53:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Some 11 countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) on Friday mounted a joint observance of Africa Malaria Day, with renewals to a previous pledge to halt the spread of the deadly tropical disease, associated with poverty. Full text...

  • Malaria remains top killer of children, says WHO
    25 april 2003 16:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Malaria kills an African child every 30 seconds, and remains one of the most important threats to the health of pregnant women and their newborns, said Carol Bellamy the executive director of UNICEF. Full text...

  • Samba urges protection of pregnant women, children from malaria.
    25 april 2003 15:29:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- As Africa commemorates the third Malaria Day Friday, Ebrahim Samba, WHO Regional Director for Africa, has called on collaborators and partners to join hands with governments of the region to protect pregnant women and children. Full text...

  • Nigerian hospitals prepare for SARS
    25 april 2003 13:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Though Nigeria is yet to record any cases of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), state-controlled hospitals in the country have started preparing their staffers to handle the disease in line with a federal government directive, health officials said. Full text...

  • Congolese capital reports 100,000 cases of malaria in 3 months
    25 april 2003 09:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- More than 100,000 cases of malaria have been reported in Brazzaville since the beginning of this year, Congolese health minister Alain Moka disclosed on the eve of Africa Malaria Day, being observed Friday across the continent. Full text...

  • Malaria kills about 500,000 people yearly in DRC
    24 april 2003 23:40:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Malaria kills about 500,000 people every year in DR Congo, the director of the National Malaria Control Programme Dr Celestin Nsibu has revealed. Full text...

  • French NGO denounces Pretoria's AIDS policy
    24 april 2003 21:48:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Activists from the Paris branch of the NGO Act Up on Thursday staged a sit-in at the South African embassy here to denounce the policy of the Pretoria regime regarding access to anti-retrovirals for South African HIV-positive patients. Full text...

  • Mauritius-bound ships now require SARS report
    24 april 2003 20:58:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Port Authority (MPA) Thursday announced that ships bound for Port Louis would now be required to submit a report on suspected cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) 12 hours before docking at the port. Full text...

  • WWF says rising anxiety for herbal medicine threatens flora
    24 april 2003 20:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The resurgence of enthusiasm for traditional medicine is leading to over-harvesting of plants from the wild for medicinal use, the World Wide Fund for Nature warns in a new recent study. Full text...

  • Namibia screens for SARS at ports of entry
    24 april 2003 20:01:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibia has set up screening facilities at the main ports of entry at Hosea Kutako International Airport and at Eros here to screen visitors for the flu-like SARS virus, Health Minister Dr Libertina Amathila said Thursday. Full text...

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