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  • Malaria kills 248 people in Niger
    17 august 2001 15:24:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Some 248 malaria deaths were recorded in Niger in the last seven months up to 15 August, compared to 427 deaths reported during the same period last year, a senior health official has announced. Full text...

  • Kenya hopes to eradicate polio in two years
    17 august 2001 11:51:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Public Health Minister Sam Ongeri Friday expressed optimism that the campaign to eradicate polio in the country in two years would go ahead successfully if the tested and proven house-to-house immunisation campaign strategy was adopted. Full text...

  • Mali steps up campaign against hypertension
    16 august 2001 13:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- A group of Malian cardiologists, sponsored by National Assembly Speaker Aly Nouhoum Diallo, has set up an Association for the prevention and treatment of high blood pressure, a reliable source said Thursday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Graca Machel urges change in war against HIV/AIDS
    16 august 2001 09:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former Mozambican First Lady Graca Machel has urged the Anglican Church to use its strengths to mobilise people in the war against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kenya launches "HIV/AIDS Hotline"
    16 august 2001 08:52:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has launched a national HIV/AIDS hotline to provide information on the pandemic to anyone requiring urgent assistance and guidance. Full text...

  • Kaunda's Children of Africa Foundation gets donation
    15 august 2001 17:19:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda and founder of the Kenneth Kaunda Children of Africa Foundation, Wednesday received 100 million kwacha donation from the Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO). Full text...

  • Malaria gets more resistant to drugs
    15 august 2001 15:31:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Delegates from nine central African countries are meeting in Yaounde at the initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to work out a common policy on malaria drugs. Full text...

  • Kenyan to have community hospitals
    15 august 2001 10:44:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A body grouping owners of Kenyan private health institutions has unrolled an ambitious plan to supplement government efforts in health care provision in all corners of the country. Full text...

  • HIV/AIDS threatens Tanzania's gains in child health
    14 august 2001 23:15:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The scourge of AIDS is threatening to erode Tanzania's achievements in child health as an increasing number of children are getting infected by their mothers living with HIV, which causes the incurable disease. Full text...

  • Conference seeks African solution to AIDS
    14 august 2001 22:21:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Deputy President Jacob Zuma on Monday lamented that the stigma attached to AIDS had resulted in horrific forms of discrimination and violence including rejection, ridicule and death, for HIV infected individuals and people with AIDS related aliments. Full text...

  • UNICEF Chief harps on solution to childhood problems
    14 august 2001 10:46:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- UNICEF Executive Director, Carol Bellamy, has called on DR Congo youths to show greater involvement in efforts at solving childhood problems. Full text...

  • Bishops attend All- Africa HIV/AIDS workshop
    13 august 2001 23:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Anglican Archbishop Njongonkulu Ndungane opened the All- Africa Anglican Conference HIV/AIDS workshop in Boksburg, South Africa Monday by urging delegates to find an "African solution" to the pandemic. Full text...

  • Youth embark on HIV/AIDS campaign
    13 august 2001 11:54:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A youth group, Mauritius Youth for Life, would this week launch a campaign to sensitise students on HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Ethiopia imports duty-free drugs for AIDS patients
    12 august 2001 15:40:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia has started importing duty-free life-prolonging drugs for AIDS sufferers, President Negaso Gidada announced Sunday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwean senior doctors end strike, but...
    11 august 2001 15:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's senior medical doctors Saturday ended their month-long crippling strike over pay rise and allowances, after securing a pledge from the authorities for a review of their salaries. Full text...

  • Tanzania reports upsurge in measles
    11 august 2001 14:32:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzanian has in the past two years recorded a sharp rise in the number of children aged between nine months and 15 years affected by measles, a Health official said Saturday. Full text...

  • EU funding anti-meningitis campaign in two African countries
    11 august 2001 12:01:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) says it is releasing 1. Full text...

  • Agency says Ethiopia needs 2.8 million-dollar AIDS drugs
    11 august 2001 11:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Drug Administration and Control Authority said some 24 billion birr (about 2. Full text...

  • Lagos Begins Massive HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign
    10 august 2001 14:12:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Lagos State, with one of Nigeria's highest HIV prevalence rates, Saturday begins massive HIV/AIDS prevention rallies in all its 20 local governments. Full text...

  • Zambia launches leprosy elimination campaign
    10 august 2001 09:25:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia's health ministry has launched a campaign to eliminate leprosy in four districts of Kaputa, in the northern province and Kaoma, Mongu and Senanga in the west. Full text...

  • Journalists refuse free AIDS tests
    10 august 2001 08:22:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- There was mild drama at Nairobi's Kenyatta National Hospital Thursday when journalists from various media houses in the Kenyan capital declined to undergo free tests for the incurable HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Striking junior doctors make fresh demands
    09 august 2001 22:36:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Junior medical doctors working in Sierra Leone's government Hospitals have demanded a public apology from the Director-General of Management Services in the Health Ministry, Ernest Surrur for describing them as "rebels. Full text...

  • Niamey combats mosquitoes to prevent malaria
    08 august 2001 17:59:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- A major operation is underway in Niamey to spray insecticide against mosquitoes as a way of combating malaria, which kills an average of 17 people per day in Niger, particularly during the rainy season in August. Full text...

  • Mali moves to prevent AIDS among truck drivers
    08 august 2001 15:38:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian health minister Dr Traore Fatoumata Nafo launched Tuesday in Bamako an operation aimed at preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS among truck drivers plying along inter-state roads in West Africa. Full text...

  • Council set to fight rat infestation
    08 august 2001 08:04:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Curepipe municipality, 20 km south of the Mauritian capital of Port Louis, is adopting a new strategy to fight the proliferation of rats in its area. Full text...

  • Congolese NGOs network against HIV/AIDS
    07 august 2001 23:13:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A national network has been set up in Congo to coordinate action in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Youth panel hopeful about battle with HIV/AIDS
    07 august 2001 21:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Participants at a panel discussion organised by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Senegalese government sounded positive Monday about prospects in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Breastfeeding declines in Mauritius
    07 august 2001 16:52:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritius Action for the Promotion of Breastfeeding, or MAPBIN, Tuesday warned that the number of breastfeeding mothers was on the decline in the island-nation. Full text...

  • Breas feeing popular among Cape Verde mothers
    06 august 2001 22:41:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- About 80 per cent of women in Cape Verde breast-feed their babies until right through the 12th month, although not exclusively, health sources noted in a campaign sensitising mothers on the advantages of breast-feeding. Full text...

  • Malaria kills 2,500 people every year
    06 august 2001 21:30:00
    Niamey- Niger (PANA) -- Health authorities in Niger have affirmed that malaria kills about 2,500 people every year in the country. Full text...

  • Immunisation urged for HIV positive children
    06 august 2001 19:47:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Western Cape Health Department Monday called for all children, even if they be HIV positive, to be immunised against major vaccine-preventable diseases. Full text...

  • Kenya's medical sector
    06 august 2001 18:45:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A supplies assessment carried out in selected areas has indicated that Kenya's health institutions are short of drugs and other vital medical necessities. Full text...

  • A quarter-million people reported blind in Kenya
    06 august 2001 12:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- There are some 250,000 blind people in Kenya with 130,000 of them suffering from cataract, the philanthropic organisation, Lions Club said. Full text...

  • Minister says HIV/AIDS endangers Namibians
    06 august 2001 08:31:00
    Windhoek- Namibia, (PANA) -- The HIV/AIDS pandemic could wipe out the entire Namibian society unless urgent preventative measures are taken, a government minister warned in Windhoek Sunday. Full text...

  • Minister wants youth involved in anti-AIDS fight
    05 august 2001 18:46:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Youth Minister Joel Libombo Sunday called on the youth in the country to join forces in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases, especially HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Obasanjo orders free condoms for soldiers
    05 august 2001 13:17:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo has directed the nation's military authorities to provide free condoms for soldiers to protect them from contacting HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Private medics want incentives
    05 august 2001 12:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritius association of private medical practitioners Sunday decried what it said was the lack of incentives within the public sector to attract its members. Full text...

  • AIDS orphans 10,000 in Kenyan district
    05 august 2001 11:26:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- In the last ten years more than 10,000 children have been orphaned in Kenya's western district of Rachuonyo after their parents died of AIDS, district sources said. Full text...

  • Rwanda polio immunisation campaign begins Tuesday
    04 august 2001 17:33:00
    Kigali- Rwanda (PANA) -- Rwanda's national immunisation campaign is to be launched next Tuesday, the country's health ministry announced in Kigali Saturday. Full text...

  • Two Koreans nabbed selling fake AIDS drug
    03 august 2001 21:24:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Two nationals of South Korea are due to appear in court here Monday to answer charges of illegal importation of medicines into Tanzania. Full text...

  • 10,000 children orphaned by AIDS in Kenyan District
    03 august 2001 18:19:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- More than 10,000 children have been orphaned after their parents died of AIDS in Kenya's western District of Rachuonyo over the last 10 years, the local press reported in Nairobi Friday. Full text...

  • Benin hosts headquarters of sub-regional AIDS programme
    03 august 2001 15:05:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin is to host the Headquarters of the sub-regional programme on fight against spread of HIV/AIDS on the "Abidjan-Lagos Corridor," Public Health Minister, Celine Seigon Kandissounon, has announced. Full text...

  • Community leaders warn against drug abuse
    03 august 2001 13:35:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Community leaders Friday warned Mauritians against the abuse of dangerous drugs and "energy drinks" in parts of the country. Full text...

  • Orthodox Church joins mobilisation against HIV/AIDS
    03 august 2001 10:18:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Ethiopia's Orthodox Church Friday said it would in collaboration with its Sunday Schools, soon launch a nation-wide anti-HIV/AIDS campaign involving 2. Full text...

  • Party joins church in dismissing condom use
    03 august 2001 09:40:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A spokesperson for the African Christian Democratic Party in South Africa has backed the stance of the Catholic Church against the distribution of condoms to young people as a means of checking the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Dental cases on the rise in Gambia
    02 august 2001 14:32:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Gambia's Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) in Banjul has raised alarm over a rise in dental diseases across the country. Full text...

  • More than 30,000 women die from neo-natal complications
    02 august 2001 12:41:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Some 30,600 women die yearly from neo-natal complications, while one mother dies every three hours in Mali, a specialist Amadou Dolo disclosed in Bamako, quoting medical data. Full text...

  • Four West African countries record high Vitamin A deficiency
    02 august 2001 08:58:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger account for 36 percent of the estimated 110,350 annual deaths from Vitamin A deficiencies within the Economic Community of West African States, according to medical statistics released by ECOWAS. Full text...

  • Dental problem rising in Gambia
    01 august 2001 23:31:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Royal Victoria Hospital in Banjul has warned of rising dental diseases across the country after a 22 year-old woman died during premature child-birth at the hospital allegedly due to tooth-related circumstances. Full text...

  • Govt replaces chloloquine with new anti-malaria drug
    01 august 2001 20:20:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- Tanzania on Wednesday introduced a new anti-malaria drug, Sulfadoxine Pyrimethamine or SP, to replace chloroquine reported to have lost its potency after more than 60 years of use. Full text...

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