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  • 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...

  • Church teams up with govt to fight HIV/AIDS
    01 august 2001 19:49:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- The Catholic Church in Tanzania has formed a technical team to oversee all HIV/AIDS activities in its 30 dioceses in the country as part of a national response against the rapid spread of the incurable disease. Full text...

  • Scores die in Zimbabwe as doctors' strike continues
    01 august 2001 12:54:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Wednesday that scores of people had died in government hospitals due to a week-long strike by doctors and nurses who are pressing demands for higher pay and better working conditions. Full text...

  • Maternal complications take toll on Zambian women
    01 august 2001 12:08:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia is losing on average about 649 women per 100,000 live births in what officials conceded as a high maternal mortality rate. Full text...

  • Benin lunches Bamako declaration on mortality
    31 july 2001 23:20:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Benin's family, national solidarity and social protection minister Claire Ayemona- Houngan, on Tuesday officially launched "Bamako declaration, Vision 2010" whose goal is to reduce infant and maternal mortality. Full text...

  • Men called upon to fight maternal deaths
    31 july 2001 21:32:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Maternal and neonatal health should not be considered as a women's affair, but as a major concern of society as a whole, Mali's minister for women's advancement, family and children's welfare, Afoussetou Thiero Diarra, said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Most Kenyans say abstinence is not realistic - Survey
    31 july 2001 17:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Most Kenyans do not consider abstinence from sex as a realistic option of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, a 1999 Kenya Assessment Survey report says. Full text...

  • Anti-measles campaign targets 4.5 million children
    31 july 2001 13:47:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- More than 4. Full text...

  • UNIFEM launches HIV/AIDS programme for women
    31 july 2001 10:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The regional office of the United Nations Fund for Women (UNIFEM) in Dakar, Tuesday started a "Gender HIV/AIDS" programme, which covers five countries in the region, within the framework of the Pan-African women's activities. Full text...

  • Regional anti-AIDS workshop underway in Cotonou
    30 july 2001 21:09:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- At least 60 delegates are attending a sub-regional workshop in Cotonou, whose aim is to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS within the Abidjan- Lagos corridor. Full text...

  • Nigerian Nurses end three-week strike
    30 july 2001 19:12:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nurses in Nigerian government hospitals Monday called off a three-week strike they had launched to press for higher pay. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGOs press for new ways to fighting HIV/AIDS
    30 july 2001 17:41:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's Aids Counselling and Support services (TACASS), a Nairobi-based NGO, has urged for new ways to combating HIV/AIDS, after observing that there were no signs the scourge was abating despite the huge sums of money spent to curb its spread. Full text...

  • Isreali experts treat young Congolese heart patients
    30 july 2001 14:31:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Seven Congolese children aged between 10 months and 7 years and suffering from serious cardiovascular malformations have recovered following surgery in Israel. Full text...

  • Zambia targets young men in HIV/AIDS fight
    30 july 2001 13:20:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A health expert in Zambia Monday in Lusaka called for effective implementation of programmes targeting young men in fighting HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • UN envoy hails anti-AIDS efforts
    29 july 2001 15:38:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The UN Secretary-General's special envoy on HIV/AIDS has hailed Nigeria's efforts at combating the disease, saying such efforts had not been matched by any other African country. Full text...

  • Cholera epidemic kills 64, leaves 597 affected
    29 july 2001 15:14:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- A cholera epidemic that erupted few weeks ago in Cote d'Ivoire has already killed 64 of the 597 persons infected by the virus, a medical source confirmed in Abidjan. Full text...

  • West African nations establish corridor against AIDS
    29 july 2001 14:46:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The West African nations of Nigeria, Ghana, Benin and Cote d'Ivoire have decided to join efforts to effectively control AIDS by setting up a health corridor at their respective borders. Full text...

  • Patients protest delay in ordering anti-retrovirals
    29 july 2001 10:14:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- People living with HIV/AIDS in Addis Ababa Sunday threatened to stage a protest march in the Ethiopian capital to publicly express disappointment over the government's delay in providing medicines that prolong the lives of persons living with the deadly virus. Full text...

  • Nurse in coma as hoodlums attack Lagos Hospital
    28 july 2001 17:23:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An attack on one of Nigeria's foremost hospitals, by hoodlums protesting a patient's death, left a staff nurse in a coma, while several hospital equipment were damaged, the News Agency of Nigeria reported Saturday. Full text...

  • WHO to assist Kenya in malaria control
    28 july 2001 14:19:00
    Nakuru- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Health Organisation (WHO) Saturday said that it has set aside 700,000 US dollars to assist in the formulation and implementation of malaria control activities in Kenya. Full text...

  • Minister cum herbalist confirms working on HIV/AIDS treatment
    27 july 2001 21:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Public Works minister Stella Sicau this week confirmed that she was concocting traditional medicine to treat HIV/AIDS sufferers. Full text...

  • AIDS conference in Afrikaans in the pipeline
    26 july 2001 21:17:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian NGO, Catholic AIDS Action, is to host an AIDS conference in the Afrikaans language, the first of its kind in the country. Full text...

  • Mali intensifies control on dairy products
    26 july 2001 21:00:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian health authorities have announced new measures to safeguard the quality of dairy products production, sales and consumption, in the country. Full text...

  • Clinical trials on HIV/AIDS herbal preparations end
    26 july 2001 20:56:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana has completed clinical tests on HIV/AIDS herbal preparations, Nana Offei Agyen-Tutu III, Head of the Traditional and Alternative Medicines Directorate (TAMD) of Health Ministry, said Thursday. Full text...

  • Internet AIDS database launched
    26 july 2001 18:00:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A Nairobi-based organisation, ATCnet, has launched an Internet database on the African health and HIV/AIDS crisis. Full text...

  • Britain funds partnership against AIDS in Africa
    26 july 2001 17:42:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), in consultation with the joint UNAIDS programme on HIV-AIDS, Thursday awarded a contract worth more than 23 million pounds to Action Aid in support of the international partnership against Aids in Africa. Full text...

  • Sex workers to attend workshop on AIDS control
    26 july 2001 16:42:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Sex workers will be among participants of a three-day workshop on planning programmes to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission in the Abidjan-Lagos migration corridor. Full text...

  • Yellow fever breaks out in western Cote d'Ivoire
    26 july 2001 14:04:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Immunisation teams have been dispatched to Cote d'Ivoire's western forest region following an outbreak of yellow fever, the country's health minister, Raymond Abouo N'dori, said Thursday. Full text...

  • MSF immunises against measles in Katanga province
    26 july 2001 12:43:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Medecins sans Frontieres (Belgium), in collaboration with the health ministry in Kinshasa, has launched an immunisation campaign against measles in the Kabalo district in the Congolese province of Katanga. Full text...

  • Nigeria begins using anti-retrovirials in September
    26 july 2001 11:08:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's increasingly serious fight against HIV/AIDS pandemic is set to move to a crucial stage with the scheduled start of the government-supervised use of anti-retroviral drugs in the country from September. Full text...

  • Doctors, nurses strike in Zimbabwe over pay
    25 july 2001 15:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Junior doctors and nurses at government hospitals and other medical institutions in Zimbabwe Wednesday began an indefinite strike to press demands for salary increases and better working conditions. Full text...

  • UNFPA supports poverty reduction efforts in Congo
    25 july 2001 11:11:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Poverty reduction and improvement of women's reproductive health are among components of an agreement signed by Congo and the UN Population Fund. Full text...

  • UNMEE staff, Eritrean military take lessons on HIV/AIDS
    24 july 2001 19:09:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A training-of-trainers (TOT) course on prevention against HIV/AIDS in underway in Asmara for personnel of the UN Mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) and members of the Eritrean Defence Force. Full text...

  • Burundi to immunise 1.3 million children against polio
    24 july 2001 14:25:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Medical authorities in Bujumbura Tuesday confirmed plans to vaccinate some 1. Full text...

  • HIV prevalence falls among blood donors
    24 july 2001 14:01:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The rate of HIV prevalence among blood donors in Cote d'Ivoire has dropped from 8 percent to 0. Full text...

  • Nelson Mandela diagnosed with prostrate cancer
    24 july 2001 12:05:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former president Nelson Mandela has been diagnosed with microscopic prostate cancer and is to undergo a seven-week radiotherapy course with curative intent, a reliable source said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Officials report success in immunisation scheme
    23 july 2001 20:42:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The first phase in a four- country synchronised poliomyelitis immunisation campaign organised 5-9 July in Angola, Congo, DR Congo and Gabon against has reportedly been very successful. Full text...

  • Regional workshop on AIDS opens in Abidjan
    23 july 2001 20:26:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Participants from 20 countries in central and western Africa are Monday attending a regional workshop on mother to child HIV/AIDS transmission in Abidjan, the Ivorian capital. Full text...

  • WHO urges governments to meet health commitments
    23 july 2001 19:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- WHO regional director for Africa Ebrahim Samba has exhorted African leaders to honour an undertaking to allot at least 15 per cent of their national budgets to the health sector. Full text...

  • Samba welcomes creation of health fund
    23 july 2001 18:54:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Ebrahim Samba, has expressed optimistic at the "enormous benefit" that Africa could derive from the 10 billion-US-dollar Health Fund, proposed at the recent Special Session of the UN Assembly General in New York. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso seeks action plan against HIV/AIDS
    22 july 2001 19:14:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A national workshop on a plan of action against HIV/AIDS wound up in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso this weekend. Full text...

  • Minister Commissions HIV/AIDS Reference Laboratory
    21 july 2001 17:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's fight against HIV/AIDS has received a boost with the commissioning on Saturday of the country's first national HIV/AIDS reference laboratory by Health Minister Alphonsus Nwosu in Lagos this weekend. Full text...

  • Junior doctors threaten to strike
    20 july 2001 22:49:00
    Freetown- Sierra Leone (PANA) -- Junior medical doctors in Sierra Leone government-run hospitals are threatening to go on strike unless action is taken to improve their wages and working environment. Full text...

  • Ghana to establish school for herbalists
    20 july 2001 21:26:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Ghana's health ministry plans to establish a traditional medical school where people can be trained to become government approved herbal practitioners, Health Minister Richard Anane announced Friday. Full text...

  • Traditional healers need education on HIV/AIDS
    20 july 2001 21:23:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The head of the Traditional and Alternative Medicines Directorate at the Ministry of Health, Nana Offei Agyen-Tutu III, on Friday called for education of traditional healers about HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Peace Corps pioneers AIDS education of deaf youths
    20 july 2001 21:03:00
    Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Humanitarian associations and government have finally begun the HIV/AIDS education of disabled youths, a long-ignored segment of the population and high-profile anti-AIDS campaigns. Full text...

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