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  • Kenya to Get Cheap Aids Drugs
    07 june 2001 22:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's estimated 2. Full text...

  • Shortage of Nurses Hits Botswana
    07 june 2001 20:38:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's health delivery system is seriously affected by shortage of medical staff at a time when it is burdened with diseases, health minister Joy Phumaphi has said. Full text...

  • Paris to host conference on mad cow disease
    07 june 2001 20:30:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A four-day conference opens in Paris Monday to discuss the impact of bovine spongiform encephalopathy or "mad cow disease" on human and animal health as well as in international trade. Full text...

  • Hospital-contracted infections worry Congolese authorities
    07 june 2001 14:34:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Participants at a symposium in Kinshasa have decried the scope of hospital-contracted infections in DR Congo. Full text...

  • Bissau authorities seize 140 kg of expired drugs
    07 june 2001 14:21:00
    Bissau- Guinea Bissau (PANA) -- Health authorities in Guinea- Bissau have seized some 140 kg of expired medicines from several pharmacies and peddlers in the black market. Full text...

  • Kenya to book persons infecting others with HIV/AIDS
    07 june 2001 10:48:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has announced that soon it would begin prosecuting persons who deliberately infected others with the HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Kenya to enact anti-tobacco legislation to protect lives
    07 june 2001 10:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya's public health minister, Sam Ongeri, said Thursday in Nairobi that a draft bill on the country's tobacco and tobacco products would soon be tabled in parliament. Full text...

  • Experts assess STD, AIDS in Central Africa
    06 june 2001 21:56:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- Some fifty experts are convening a workshop to examine the spread of sexually transmissible diseases (STD) and HIV/AIDS along the River Congo-Oubangui-Chari and to adopt means to combat them. Full text...

  • WHO welcomes free offer of fluconazole to poor countries
    06 june 2001 20:28:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The WHO Wednesday expressed appreciation to the multinational pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, for its decision to offer fluconazole free of charge in least developed countries. Full text...

  • Pfizer offering free fungal drugs to AIDS patients
    06 june 2001 16:55:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- US pharmaceutical giant, Pfizer Incorporated offered Wednesday to provide its anti-fungal drug, Diflucan, free of charge to HIV/AIDS patients in 50 least developed countries. Full text...

  • A Burkinabe claims inventing anti-malarial vaccine
    06 june 2001 14:54:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Traditional therapists from 12 countries attending the second international natural medicines exhibition, referred to as Sirena-Pharma-Expo 2001 in Ouagadougou, included Burkinabe Charles Hermann Kabore who presented an anti-malarial vaccine to the gathering. Full text...

  • Saudi doctors on 10-day mission in Cameroon
    05 june 2001 23:20:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Three medical doctors from Saudi Arabia are visiting Cameroon's remote northern Maroua hospital for ten days to do child surgery, treat bone ailments and practice general medicine. Full text...

  • Botswana Offers Free Anti-retroviral Treatment
    05 june 2001 22:01:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana President Festus Mogae announced Tuesday that government would soon give free anti-retroviral treatment to all people living with HIV/AIDS in the country. Full text...

  • NGO Says Condom Protects Against HIV/AIDS
    05 june 2001 21:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- An official of a Lagos-based NGO, the Society for Family Health (SFH) Tuesday debunked claims in certain circles in Nigeria that condoms do not protect users against HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Diamond Company Takes Action To Curb HIV/AIDS
    05 june 2001 19:30:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana's main diamond mining company has announced that firms wishing to do business with it must support its health policy on combating the spread of HIV/AIDS. Full text...

  • Medical charity undertakes malaria prevalence survey
    05 june 2001 17:25:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- A survey has commenced in 30 randomly selected villages in western Liberia on the people's knowledge, attitude, practice and prevalence of the disease malaria, a medical charity official said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Kenya to formulate law on importing generic drugs
    05 june 2001 14:34:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities announced Tuesday that they were working on legislation that would allow the importation of anti-retroviral generic drugs. Full text...

  • Three doctors suspended for malpractice
    05 june 2001 14:18:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- Sudan's Medical Council has suspended three doctors for malpractice that led to the death of three patients, the council said in a statement reported in the press Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mineworkers demand AIDS fund
    05 june 2001 12:53:00
    Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) wants government to set up a National AIDS Fund to help fight the pandemic in the country. Full text...

  • AIDS control training for Benin journalists
    05 june 2001 11:32:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Some 60 journalists from Benin's print and broadcast media begin an AIDS training Wednesday in Bohicon, 100-km from Cotonou. Full text...

  • India Firm to market AIDS drugs in Tanzania
    05 june 2001 10:34:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- An Indian company, CIPL's Pharmaceuticals, plans to market in Tanzania, cheaper HIV/AIDS anti-retroviral drugs as the government grapples with the epidemic, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • 70 million dollars to help fight Meningitis in Africa
    05 june 2001 08:10:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Bill and Melinda Foundation, an international Non-Governmental Organisation, has announced a 70 million-US-dollar grant to help eliminate meningitis in sub-Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • 12 billion CFA for AIDS control in Cote d'Ivoire
    04 june 2001 16:42:00
    Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- Cote d'Ivoire requires some 12 billion CFA francs for the implementation of its 2001-2002 action plan for AIDS control, a government official said. Full text...

  • Demands for foreign doctors and nurses increasing
    04 june 2001 16:32:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- A report released Monday by the Mauritian Training and Productivity Ministry revealed that demands for foreign doctors and nurses are increasing in the island's clinics and private hospitals. Full text...

  • Ex-Benin students produce anti-malarial soap
    04 june 2001 15:12:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- A soap called "Palusepso" is said by its Benin inventors to be capable of protecting the body from malaria, due to its very active components that act on the plasmodia. Full text...

  • Madikizela-Mandela recovering in clinic
    04 june 2001 12:56:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the controversial ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, was in a stable condition Monday after being admitted to a Johannesburg clinic at the weekend. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Drafts Tobacco Control Legislation
    03 june 2001 17:03:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's Health Minister Timothy Stamps said Sunday the government was drawing up a tobacco consumption code to protect both smokers and non-smokers from the effects of smoking. Full text...

  • Minister says anti-retrovirals will be available soon
    02 june 2001 16:01:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Health Minister Francisco Songane Friday said that generic anti-retroviral drugs will be available later this year in units of the Mozambican national health service. Full text...

  • Mozambique will import anti-retroviral drugs
    01 june 2001 23:28:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican Health Ministry has pledged to introduce anti-retroviral drugs, which prolong the lives of people suffering from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, into the national health service. Full text...

  • Botswana mounts campaign against Tsetse fly
    01 june 2001 22:13:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) - ­ Botswana is off to a controversial spraying exercise to rid its remote northern parts of the tsetse fly. Full text...

  • Kofi Annan appoints envoy on HIV/AIDS to Africa
    01 june 2001 21:41:00
    New York- UN (PANA) -- UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has announced the appointment of Stephen Lewis, a former Canadian ambassador and an advocate for Africa, as his Special Envoy for AIDS in Africa. Full text...

  • Japan grants 4.8 million dollars for immunization programme
    01 june 2001 16:48:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Japan and UNICEF signed Friday an agreement under which a grant of 4. Full text...

  • AIDS on the increase among pregnant women
    31 may 2001 21:30:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Twenty of every 100 pregnant women who attend ante-natal consultations in Mozambican health units are infected with HIV, the virus that causes the lethal disease AIDS, according to Martinho Djedje, spokesperson for the Co-ordinating Council of the Health Ministry, which has been meeting in Maputo since Monday. Full text...

  • Anti-AIDS NGO Launches Website
    31 may 2001 15:11:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- A Nigerian non-governmental organisation, Journalists Against AIDS on Wednesday launched its media resource centre and new Website in Lagos as part of efforts to sensitise the media and the public to the scourge. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe Slashes AIDS drug prices
    31 may 2001 11:35:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Two international drug manufacturers have slashed the prices of AIDS medicines for Zimbabwe, pharmaceutical officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • WHO, PATH team up to fight Meningitis in Africa
    30 may 2001 21:45:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In what sounds an ambitious partnership against Meningitis, the Seattle-based Programme for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) say they are joining forces to confront the disease in sub Saharan Africa. Full text...

  • Japan reaches out to Sudan's polio programme
    30 may 2001 19:47:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- The government of Japan is to grant Sudan 2. Full text...

  • WHO says tobacco obstructs child rights
    30 may 2001 15:40:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The WHO says tobacco is increasingly becoming a major obstacle to the rights of children worldwide. Full text...

  • Opposition party unveils AIDS policy document
    30 may 2001 08:53:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) has unveiled a living AIDS policy discussion document in an attempt to implement a comprehensive anti-retroviral treatment programme in the country. Full text...

  • Malaria rocks Mozambique
    29 may 2001 22:56:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Health units across Mozambique registered a more tan three million cases of malaria last year in a population of 17 million inhabitants. Full text...

  • Comoros authorities, WHO fight leprosy
    28 may 2001 21:38:00
    Moroni- Comoros (PANA) -- The Comoros government the World Health Organisation (WHO) have launched a leprosy eradication programme in the country. Full text...

  • Botswana Launches Measles Vaccination Campaign
    28 may 2001 19:32:00
    GABORONE- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana health minister Joy Phumaphi Monday launched a national measles vaccination and Vitamin A supplementation campaign. Full text...

  • Nigerian Doctors begin strike Tuesday
    28 may 2001 18:44:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's public-sector doctors are set to mar the second anniversary of the country's return to civil rule Tuesday, with their threat to launch an indefinite strike to press their demand over better service conditions and unpaid salaries. Full text...

  • Powell calls for all-out war on HIV/AIDS
    27 may 2001 12:03:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- US Secretary of State Colin Powell on Sunday in Nairobi called for an all-out war to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS, saying the disease has assumed the dimension of a crisis not only for Kenya but for Africa and the whole world. Full text...

  • South Africa reports 232 new cholera cases
    25 may 2001 08:42:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A total of 232 new cholera cases have been reported in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa since Wednesday afternoon. Full text...

  • Report reveals ignorance of African youths about AIDS
    24 may 2001 09:31:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A new report of surveys and profile of youths in eleven African countries says that at least half of sexually experienced adolescents are ignorant of the ravages of the AIDS pandemic. Full text...

  • Mysterious epidemic hits Burkina high schools
    23 may 2001 23:41:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Panic has gripped students in high schools and college in Banfora 425 km west of Ouagadougou following the outbreak of a mysterious epidemic. Full text...

  • Call for more aggressive approach to AIDS
    23 may 2001 21:20:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambique's deputy national director of health Avertino Barreto has called for a "more aggressive" approach to disseminating information about the incurable disease AIDS to the public. Full text...

  • WHO, Novartis join forces to combat drug-resistant malaria
    23 may 2001 14:47:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- In a joint effort to provide essential medicines at affordable prices, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and a Swiss pharmaceutical firm, Novartis, have agreed to provide developing countries with a new treatment for drug resistant malaria, the UN agency said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Eastern African governments map out anti-HIV/AIDS strategies
    23 may 2001 13:25:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Governments in East Africa and the Great Lakes region have agreed on a common regional action plan against HIV/AIDS along the region's trunk roads. Full text...

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