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  • Nigeria: Nigerian authorities record 198 Ebola Virus Disease cases, three deaths
    13 august 2014 17:39:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria has so far recorded a total of 198 cases of Ebola virus infections, Minister of Information, Labaran Maku said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: American govt issues update on Ebola response
    13 august 2014 14:01:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has said it is working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international partners to help West African governments respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus "as quickly as possible". Full text...

  • Mauritania: 'No Ebola in Mauritania'
    13 august 2014 12:44:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - No case of the Ebola Virus Disease that is ravaging parts of West Africa has been detected in Mauritania, but medical teams have been mobilised to deal with any eventuality, the Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes experimental Ebola drug, insists on medical ethics
    13 august 2014 11:28:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the release of the experimental Ebola drug, ZMAPP, but insists that patient consent and the side-effects should be considered in offering the drugs in a continent where advanced medical services are still amongst the world’s weakest. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Pres. Koroma 'disappointed' over international response to Ebola
    12 august 2014 22:59:40
    Freetown, Sierra Leone PANA) - With his country badly hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone has expressed his disappointment at the the slow response of the international community to the fight against the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon acquires cameras, laser thermometers against Ebola
    12 august 2014 22:26:42
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian Minister of Public Health, Mr. André Mama Fouda, announced on Tuesday that the country has acquired cameras and laser thermometers as part of measures to check the spread of the Ebola virus. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UNAIDS calls for less discrimination against people living with HIV
    12 august 2014 22:11:48
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – UNAIDS adviser in human rights and laws in Africa, Béchir Ndaw, says the restriction imposed to foreigners living with the HIV virus is a discriminatory practice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS staff dies of Ebola
    12 august 2014 20:59:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), becoming the second Nigerian to die of the disease which is ravaging parts of West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan calls for strategic West Africa collaboration over Ebola
    12 august 2014 20:58:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday called for strategic collaboration among West African countries to check spread and and further threat to human lives of the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Council on Health approves measures for containing Ebola Virus Disease
    12 august 2014 18:21:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Council on Health, which was convened over the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country, Tuesday directed a halt to inter-State transportation of corpses within the country without an approved waiver issued by the Federal Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • US: UN stresses importance of good mental health in youth
    12 august 2014 18:06:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN in a new publication launched to coincide with International Youth Day on Tuesday, said that each year 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition. Full text...

  • Angola: GSK, Save the Children offer US$1 million for healthcare innovation
    12 august 2014 16:33:32
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and Save the Children are calling for applications for their 2014 $1million Healthcare Innovation Award, as previous winners attract interest and support from national governments to help improve survival rates of newborns and children under five in developing countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Ebola test on German student proves negative
    12 august 2014 14:31:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The results of tests carried out on a young German student, isolated since Sunday following the suspicion that he had shown signs of contracting the Ebola disease, has proved negative, hospital sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Civil aviation authorities take preventive measures against Ebola
    12 august 2014 14:18:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The civil aviation authorities at Bujumbura international airport have requested for permanent medical teams to monitor daily arrivals and departures of passengers who would present symptoms of the Ebola disease, official sources said on Tuesday in the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Doctors' strike hampers fight against Ebola
    12 august 2014 13:59:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A strike by junior and some senior medical doctors at the Connaught Hospital, Sierra Leone`s main referral health facility, may hamper the country's efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease that has killed 315 people in the country. Full text...

  • Niger: Minister declares no Ebola epidemic in Niger
    12 august 2014 13:54:14
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger has so far recorded no case of Ebola," the Nigerien Minister of Public Health, Mano Aghaly, said Tuesday at a press briefing here. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO gives go ahead for use of experimental drug to treat Ebola victims
    12 august 2014 13:37:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has given the green light for the use of experimental drugs to treat those infected with Ebola Virus Disease, amid the worst-ever outbreak of the disease in West Africa, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist arrested for reporting Ebola cases
    12 august 2014 12:54:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The chief editor of the Senegalese private newspaper, La Tribune, Félix Nzalé, was arrested on Monday for reporting the detection of five people affected by Ebola in Senegal. Full text...

  • Congo: WHO provides Congo with drugs worth FCFA 1.7 billion
    11 august 2014 20:40:47
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Africa Regional Office of World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday donated drugs and equipment worth FCFA 1.7 billion to Congo to improve the health of mothers and children and reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality through access to quality drugs in health facilities. Full text...

  • UN: WHO convenes ethical review of Ebola's experimental drugs
    11 august 2014 19:11:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday convened a meeting of ethicists and scientists to discuss the use of experimental medicines in treating Ebola, three days after the agency declared the current outbreak of the disease in West Africa an international public health emergency. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt seals off borders at night to prevent Ebola disease outbreak
    11 august 2014 18:51:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania has resorted to partial closure of its borders in a reactivated national plan to check the Ebola Virus Disease from spreading into the West African country, official sources here told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Govt. takes stringent measures to halt Ebola spread
    11 august 2014 13:57:15
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone, worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ravaging parts of West Africa, has taken more stringent measures to stop the spread of the disease, according to Information and Communication Minister Alpha Kanu. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Religious organizations call for prayers for Ebola-hit countries
    11 august 2014 13:00:33
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Association of Sunni Muslims in Côte d’Ivoire (AMSCI) and the Council of Sunni Imams (CODIS) have called their members to pray for countries affected by the Ebola disease. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana extends help to Ebola hit countries
    11 august 2014 12:47:22
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has extended humanitarian assistance to Ebola hit countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola cases rise to 10
    11 august 2014 12:38:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has confirmed a new case of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in the commercial city of Lagos, bringing the total number of cases in Africa's most-populous nation to 10, with two deaths recorded so far. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: National airline suspends flights to countries affected by Ebola
    11 august 2014 11:32:30
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government has announced measures to prevent the Ebola Viral Disease ravaging parts of West Africa from spreading to the country, including the suspension of all flights to the affected countries by the national airline, Air Côte d’Ivoire. Full text...

  • Sudan: Govt says country is Ebola-free, takes measures
    11 august 2014 11:18:35
    Khartoum, Sudan (PANA) - Sudan said even though the country has not recorded any case of Ebola since the outbreak in West Africa, it has taken precautionary measures to ensure that the disease does not spread to the country. Full text...

  • South Africa: Psychiatry congress opens
    11 august 2014 08:27:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The world's largest congress on child and adolescent psychiatry began Monday at the Durban International Convention Centre with over 1000 delegates from 64 countries attending. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Catholic Church takes measures to prevent Ebola
    10 august 2014 21:18:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With Africa's most populous nation in the grip of fear over the spread of Ebola virus disease, the Catholic church in Nigeria has taken measures, including skipping the traditional rite of peace during Mass that involves shaking hands of fellow congregants, to prevent the spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cholera kills 83 in Cameroon
    09 august 2014 08:39:10
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroonian Health authorities have registered a total of 1,679 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, of which 83 were fatal, PANA reported Friday from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya sets up 36 checkpoints to monitor Ebola
    08 august 2014 21:49:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan health authorities have set up some 36 checkpoints as well as 100 swift intervention teams in various regions to check the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the ministry announced in a statement issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases extra 8 million euros to finance Ebola fight
    08 august 2014 21:16:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Following the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international emergency the European Union has allocated extra eight million euros to help combat the plague spreading in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Crisis in Nigerian doctors association deepens
    08 august 2014 20:51:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The crisis in the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) over disagreements on whether or not to call off the month-long strike following appeals in the face of the outbreak of Ebola in the country has deepened with the resignation of its president, Dr Kayode Obembe. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan declares national emergency on Ebola
    08 august 2014 20:36:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria a National Emergency, the presidency said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS intensifies measures to contain Ebola
    08 august 2014 18:43:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With four of its member states hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on Friday that it had intensified measures to contain the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola deaths in 4 West African nations rise to 961
    08 august 2014 18:30:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of deaths recorded from the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa has risen from 932 as at 4 Aug. to 961 as of 6 Aug, according to the latest update provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President declares national emergency over Ebola
    08 august 2014 17:56:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Friday in Abuja declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a national emergency. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO declares Public Health Emergency over Ebola, urges affected states to declare national emergency
    08 august 2014 12:06:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in four West African nations a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), while advising leaders of affected countries to declare a national emergency. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Liberia apologises to Nigeria over Ebola
    08 august 2014 10:46:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Liberia has apologised to Nigeria after one of its (Liberia) citizens, Patrick Sawyer, brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria, where he died 25 July. Full text...

  • Benin: Two suspected cases Ebola recorded in Benin
    07 august 2014 22:38:08
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Two suspected cases of Ebola have been recorded in Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin, located 30 km from Cotonou, and Tanguiéta in the north-west, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Aboubacar Moufalilou, announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian doctors split over suspension of strike
    07 august 2014 20:29:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The executive of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is split over the suspension of their month-long strike with two conflicting statements from the same association on the issue. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS closes down Lagos office, suspends regional meetings over Ebola
    07 august 2014 19:36:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Thursday announced a temporary closure of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional office in Lagos as part of the measures being taken to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Doctors suspend strike in Nigeria over Ebola
    07 august 2014 13:36:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Doctors in Nigeria's public health institutions have suspended their prolonged strike to allow medical doctors return to their duty posts in the wake of the rising cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO to convene ethical review of Ebola experimental drug
    06 august 2014 22:23:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As demand for the Ebola experimental drug 'Zmapp' increases amid a ravaging Ebola crisis in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria declares national emergency over Ebola
    06 august 2014 21:29:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has declared the Ebola situation in the country a "national emergency", after the first Nigerian died of the disease and five others tested positive. Full text...

  • Senegal: Government stresses preventive measures against Ebola
    06 august 2014 17:13:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In a bid to keep the threat of the Ebola virus disease away from its territory, Senegal is beefing up preventive measures through public sensitisation campaigns in the southeast regions of the country, according to a statement issued here Wednesday by the national health education and information department. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels maintains flights to/from West Africa despite Ebola disease
    06 august 2014 15:40:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium will not ban flights to and from West Africa despite the Ebola epidemic causing havoc in the region, according to a statement from the Belgian Foreign Ministry here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nurse dies of Ebola, seven cases confirmed
    06 august 2014 12:57:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of the nurses who treated Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a Lagos hospital last month, has died from the disease, according to Nigeria's Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana issues travel ban to West Africa over Ebola
    06 august 2014 12:40:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has issued a travel ban to countries affected by Ebola for its public service workforce, as the epidemic continues to poise more headaches for the health fraternity. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt seeks Ebola experimental drug from US
    06 august 2014 10:37:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government is seeking US assistance to acquire the experimental drug which is being used to treat two American doctors infected with the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia. Full text...

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