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  • West African Health Plan underway
    28 october 2001 16:44:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Health Ministers of the West African Health Organisation (OOAS) member countries are to meet 8-9 November in Bobo Dioulasso (385-km west of Ouagadougou), to draw up a five-year regional strategic Health Plan, official sources said in the Burkina capital Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe mobilises to combat anthrax
    27 october 2001 16:36:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe Saturday mobilised its medical and veterinary resources to battle an anthrax outbreak in the country's central parts amid claims by authorities that white farmers had deliberately caused the infection. Full text...

  • Sudan takes anti-anthrax precautions
    27 october 2001 15:53:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's health minister Ahmed Bilal has cautioned postal and civil aviation workers to take strict measures to prevent anthrax infections. Full text...

  • Kenyan hospital to reach patients via satellite
    27 october 2001 13:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Moi University Hospital, Kenya's second largest teaching and referral health institution, would soon begin sending out information on medical care through a satellite-based Worldspace programme, it was disclosed Saturday. Full text...

  • Kenya to decentralise mental health services
    27 october 2001 12:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is in the process of decentralising its mental health services to grass root level, Health Minister Sam Ongeri said Saturday. Full text...

  • Health ministers adopt resolution on bio-terrorism
    26 october 2001 23:09:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Health ministers from East, Central and Southern African Commonwealth countries concluded a four-day meeting in Dar es salaam Friday by urging each country to step-up surveillance for a possible bio-terrorism attack in the region. Full text...

  • Doctor warns of more AIDS deaths in Ghana
    26 october 2001 20:30:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- A Ghanaian doctor has warned that by 2014, over 1. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reports anthrax outbreak
    26 october 2001 15:24:00
    Kwekwe- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health and Agriculture officials in Zimbabwe's central town of KweKwe Friday reported an outbreak of anthrax infection among people and livestock. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 40 in central Nigeria
    26 october 2001 14:34:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- At least 40 people, including five children, have died from a cholera outbreak in Nigeria's central State of Kwara in the past week, the local media reported Friday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia sets up Anthrax committee
    26 october 2001 09:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Health ministry Thursday announced it had set up a committee to look out for any Anthrax threats, and had placed one hospital on standby, as well as put many others on alert. Full text...

  • Zambia, India to step up health cooperation
    26 october 2001 08:28:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- After four days of talks Zambia and India have agreed to enhance cooperation especially in the field of science and technology, where India is mass producing cheap HIV/AIDS drugs desperately needed by Zambian patients. Full text...

  • Swaziland mayors win Commonwealth award on HIV/AIDS
    25 october 2001 22:25:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNDP announced Thursday that an alliance of mayors in Swaziland has received the 2001 Commonwealth Award for Action on HIV/AIDS for its innovative approach, linking local action with national policy-making and international partners. Full text...

  • Conference on health care for all opens
    25 october 2001 21:03:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- An international conference on "health care for all" opened Thursday at the Tropical Medicine Institute of Antwerp in northern Belgium. Full text...

  • Mali gets Dutch grant for meningitis immunisation
    25 october 2001 18:11:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Dutch Cooperation minister Evlyne Herfkens Wednesday handed to the Malian government an aid package of 1. Full text...

  • Anthrax scare raises more questions than answers
    25 october 2001 17:55:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Suddenly, anthrax has become the most dreaded disease in the world, since the first symptoms and three fatal case were reported in the US, on the heels of the 11 September terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe prepared for Anthrax attacks
    25 october 2001 17:53:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- State television Thursday quoted a senior government official as affirming that Zimbabwe was prepared to deal with anthrax attacks that have rocked the US and several other countries since America launched air strikes against Afghanistan three weeks ago. Full text...

  • Presidential Villa circulates information on Anthrax
    25 october 2001 10:39:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Doctors at Nigeria's Aso Rock Presidential Villa, have circulated to staff within the complex, information leaflets on anthrax, amid reports of a suspected scare of the disease in the northern Adamawa State. Full text...

  • Mbeki refutes criticism over national AIDS policy
    24 october 2001 22:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki rebuffed opposition parliamentarians over allegations that the South African government was in denial of the seriousness of the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • TB cases rising in Paris
    24 october 2001 20:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Tuberculosis cases are rising among homeless people in Paris, where infection rates are estimated to be similar to what prevails in sub-Saharan African states, says a news release received in Dakar Wednesday. Full text...

  • New findings threaten Namibia's medicinal plant
    24 october 2001 20:39:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- A medicinal plant, locally known as the devil's claw in areas it grows in Namibia and in some southern Africa countries, may be more potent in treating rheumatic disorders than standard drugs, researchers have found. Full text...

  • AFRO, humanitarian agency to assist African children
    24 october 2001 18:57:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A US-based humanitarian Organisation, Evergreen Humanitarian and Relief Services, has expressed interest in working with the WHO Regional Office for Africa (AFRO), under a project aimed at improving the quality of life of orphaned and less-privileged African children. Full text...

  • Global Plan to stop TB unveiled
    24 october 2001 18:44:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The first two-day "Stop TB Partners' Forum" has ended at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC. Full text...

  • Anthrax scare hits Nigerian State
    24 october 2001 16:49:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's northern State of Adamawa has been hit by the world-wide anthrax scare, after an envelope containing a powdery substance was sent to the General Manager of the State Broadcasting Corporation, Abba Tahir. Full text...

  • Minister says Kenya can combat anthrax
    24 october 2001 16:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya is capable of dealing with anthrax attacks, Public Health Minister Sam Ongeri declared Wednesday, just as local health and administration officials reported two deaths suspected to be linked with the bacteria in a remote area of the country. Full text...

  • Two Kenyans die from suspected anthrax infection
    24 october 2001 15:24:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Two people have died and more than 100 others admitted in hospital after feasting on meat suspected to be infected with anthrax in a Kenyan remote village in South Eastern Trans-Mara District, health and local government officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Zambian school reports measles outbreak
    24 october 2001 11:52:00
    Livingstone- Zambia (PANA) -- A Grade Twelve student is reported to have died following an outbreak of measles at Hillcrest Technical Secondary School in Livingstone, Zambia. Full text...

  • New Global Plan to Stop Tuberculosis
    23 october 2001 21:32:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The Stop TB Partnership, a global coalition, which includes the World Bank and the WHO, has launched a plan to contain the epidemic, which claimed 2 million lives in 2000. Full text...

  • Authorities recover auctioned health equipment
    23 october 2001 16:04:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Health authorities in Mozambique have recovered equipment donated by Portugal's First Lady, Maria Jose Ritta, and which had been auctioned off by the customs department in the port city of Beira, the State radio reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria raises panel on anthrax
    23 october 2001 15:24:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Worried by the wave of anthrax scare in the US and other parts of the world, including Africa, Nigeria has set up a panel to work out the country's response to a possible outbreak of the deadly bacteria disease. Full text...

  • Malawi hospital workers end strike
    23 october 2001 09:00:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Life was slowly returning to normal Tuesday at Malawi's biggest hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Central in Blantyre, after a crippling three-week strike by its workers. Full text...

  • Mkapa urges support for health reforms in Africa
    23 october 2001 08:11:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa has asked industrialised nations to help make health a human rights issue in Africa. Full text...

  • Mali kicks back polio through vaccination campaign
    22 october 2001 21:47:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali on Monday launched a three-day mass vaccination campaign against poliomyelitis, covering children under five years of age. Full text...

  • Experts say economic problems cause insanity in Zimbabwe
    22 october 2001 20:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Psychiatric disorders, resulting into insanity were on the increase in Zimbabwe, mainly due to current economic difficulties, national health experts confirmed on Monday in Harare. Full text...

  • Dar es Salaam gripped by fear of anthrax
    22 october 2001 19:54:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Two Dar es Salaam residents are suspected to have contracted anthrax, which was diagnosed in the US about two weeks ago and more recently in neighbouring Kenya. Full text...

  • Obasanjo on Nigeria's anti-AIDS fight
    22 october 2001 19:01:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo Monday lauded the country's "vanguard role" in raising world-wide awareness in the fight against HIV/AIDS, as Nigerian workers staged a multi-sectoral walk/rally to boost the campaign among the population. Full text...

  • Ghana on the alert to check anthrax
    22 october 2001 18:59:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's outgoing health minister, Richard Anane, on Monday assured the public that everything was being done to prevent anthrax infection. Full text...

  • Minister calls for involvement of men in HIV/AIDS fight
    22 october 2001 18:45:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's Minister of Women and Children's Affairs on Monday appealed to non-governmental and civil society organisations engaged in the fight against HIV/AIDS to involve men in their programmes. Full text...

  • Developed nations urged to support TB control in Africa
    22 october 2001 18:41:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has appealed to developed nations to make more resources available to Africa for its fight against tuberculosis (TB). Full text...

  • National HIV/AIDS initiative marks third year
    22 october 2001 13:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Partnership Against AIDS has marked its third year with a call by Deputy President Jacob Zuma for concerted action at stemming new HIV infections and providing care and support to the infected. Full text...

  • Tanzania hosts 34th regional conference of Health ministers
    22 october 2001 08:55:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- A five-day regional conference of Health ministers from East, Central and Southern Africa opens Monday in Tanzania, focusing on challenges and priorities in efforts at strengthening the networking of health services. Full text...

  • Abject poverty blamed for inability to prevent AIDS
    21 october 2001 18:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The President of the South African Nkosi AIDS Association, Gail Johnson said extreme poverty was a major bottleneck in efforts to contain HIV/AIDS in South Africa where 1700-1900 new HIV positive cases were recorded daily. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 11 in Niger
    21 october 2001 16:13:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- At least 11 persons are reported to have died from an outbreak of cholera since last August in two health districts of Niger, where some 161 cases have been observed. Full text...

  • DR Congo launches measles immunisation campaign
    20 october 2001 12:03:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- A national immunisation campaign against measles is underway in DR Congo, according to UNICEF communiqué. Full text...

  • Kadhafi roundly condemns Anthrax 'attack' on US
    19 october 2001 22:58:00
    Tripoli- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan revolutionary leader Col. Full text...

  • Konare, Obasanjo launch ECOWAS anti-polio campaign
    19 october 2001 22:44:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- ECOWAS chairman Alpha Oumar Konare of Mali and President Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria, Friday in Sierra Leone, flagged off the Synchronised National Polio Immunisation in the 15-member Community. Full text...

  • 20 herbalists suspended for claiming AIDS cure
    19 october 2001 16:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Kenyan herbalists association has suspended 20 of its members for misconduct through unethical practices. Full text...

  • Specialist says locals knowledgeable of anthrax
    19 october 2001 15:55:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi' infectious disease specialist, Dr Athanase Ndayiragiye has recognised the age-old ability of local herdsmen to handle the anthrax bacteria that is causing awe in the United States. Full text...

  • Mysterious disease kills 10 in Northern Kenya
    19 october 2001 10:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Panic has engulfed residents of Kenya's Tana River district after a mysterious disease that broke out there in the past three days killed 10 persons. Full text...

  • USAID earmarks $8.8 million to fight HIV/AIDS in Tanzania
    19 october 2001 10:27:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The US Agency for International Development has earmarked 8. Full text...

  • Cleric wants HIV/AIDS declared state of emergency
    19 october 2001 08:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane is consulting governments in southern Africa, the ecumenical movement, organised labour and NGOs about declaring the HIV/AIDS situation a state of emergency. Full text...

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