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  • UN advises hospitals to help mothers breastfeed
    11 april 2018 22:38:04
    New York, US (PANA) - Breastfeeding within the first hour of birth protects newborns from infections and saves lives, United Nations agencies said at the roll-out of their 10-step guidance to help new mothers and hospital workers embrace this practical advice and give children the best possible start in life. Full text...

  • UN-backed campaign to protect nearly a billion people in Africa from yellow fever by 2026
    10 april 2018 22:27:08
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners, has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda bans imports of Burundian small ruminants' meat after detection of viral infection
    10 april 2018 17:26:12
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - Authorities in the Rwandan ministry of Agriculture and Animal resources, on Tuesday instructed all the Customs and Border services to intensify control against viral infections of small ruminants which was detected in neighboring Burundi and threatening to spread across the border. Full text...

  • Medical charity moves to vaccinate some 10,000 children in Mali
    10 april 2018 09:46:33
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. Full text...

  • African countries urged to strive for universal access to good quality health
    07 april 2018 20:00:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti has urged African countries to strive towards universal access to good quality health care to spur economic growth, development and prosperity across the Region. Full text...

  • Universal health coverage key to safer, fairer world, says WHO chief
    07 april 2018 04:28:52
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday marked World Health Day, and the agency’s 70th anniversary, with a strong call for universal health coverage, to ensure that all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe government, companies failing to protect tobacco workers - HRW
    06 april 2018 09:04:17
    Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) – Children and adults who work on Zimbabwe’s tobacco farms are facing serious risks to their health as well as labour abuses, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report released on Thursday. Full text...

  • Namibia declares Congo fever outbreak
    05 april 2018 11:47:01
    Windhoek, Namibia (PANA) – Namibia’s health ministry has declared Congo fever outbreak after the death of a Keetmanshoop man at the Windhoek Central Hospital on Tuesday, and the hospitalisation of two others, an official report said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nambian victim of Congo fever accorded lonely burial
    05 april 2018 11:35:07
    Windhoek, Nambia (PANA) – Namibian health officials have buried 37-year-old Keetmanshoop resident Hendrik Hartebees in Windhoek on Tuesday soon after he died of Congo fever at the Windhoek Central Hospital, The Namibian daily reported on Thursday. Full text...

  • Liberia ramps up resources to improve mental health
    31 march 2018 06:46:44
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Nineteen clinicians specialising in child and adolescent mental health graduated on Friday in Monrovia from a training developed by the Carter Center’s Mental Health Programme in partnership with the Liberia Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection. Full text...

  • WHO says Nigeria’s Lassa fever outbreak is slowing, but remains a concern
    28 march 2018 06:56:25
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – After nearly 400 confirmed infections and 100 deaths, the spread of Lassa fever in Nigeria is beginning to slow but the epidemic is far from contained, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have warned. Full text...

  • UN calls for action to end TB
    24 march 2018 11:50:06
    New York, US (PANA) - Claiming more than 4,500 lives daily, tuberculosis (TB) continues to be the top infectious killer worldwide as well as the leading cause of death among people living with HIV, the United Nations said Friday, ahead of World Tuberculosis Day. Full text...

  • Gambian NGO mediates in crippling doctors' strike
    23 march 2018 12:13:44
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Association of Non-governmental organizations (TANGO) in Gambia on Friday appealed to striking doctors to dialogue to find a solution to their concerns as it seeks to mediate to end the impasse. Full text...

  • WHO supports 16 African countries to protect against Listeriosis
    23 march 2018 10:20:54
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The World Health Organization has reached out to 16 African nations to provide support for preparedness and response to a listeriosis outbreak that started in South Africa in 2017 but is now threatening other countries on the continent. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire to establish raw materials institute for basic drugs
    22 march 2018 12:42:24
    Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian government on Wednesday approved the establishment of a research and development institute of raw materials for the basic generic drugs. Full text...

  • Striking Gambian doctors refuse to hold talks with authorities
    21 march 2018 14:22:16
    Gambia, Gambia (PANA) - Refusing to dialogue with the government, some 211 Gambian resident doctors have continued with their "sit-down" strike, thereby crippling the country’s medical sector, PANA reported Wednesday from Banjul, quoting a spokesperson of Gambia’s main referral hospital, Lamin Jammeh. Full text...

  • Former minister urges Gambian doctors to end strike action
    19 march 2018 12:15:12
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) – The leader of Gambia Moral Congress (GMC) party, Mai Ahmad Fatty, on Monday urged striking Gambia doctors to resume work. Full text...

  • On the frontlines of the fight against Lassa fever in Nigeria (A WHO Feature)
    18 march 2018 04:48:20
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In early January, John had one of the most terrifying experiences of his life. The mechanic from a rural community in Edo state in southern Nigeria came down with Lassa fever. Full text...

  • AU Medical Services Directorate commemorates Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day
    17 march 2018 06:14:56
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) Medical Services Directorate on Friday commemorated the Africa Healthy Lifestyle Day at the African Union Commission (AUC) Headquarters, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the slogan “When your life works your work works”. Full text...

  • Gambian health centre blamed for death of woman after giving birth to lifeless twins
    13 march 2018 10:27:21
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Relatives of a 22-year-old Gambian woman, who died shortly after giving birth of lifeless twins, have blamed staff of Sukuta Health Centre for negligence and unprofessionalism resulting in their deaths. Full text...

  • Measles campaign aims to protect drought-hit communities in Somalia
    12 march 2018 17:58:23
    Mogadishu, Somalia (PANA) – A measles vaccination campaign has been launched in Somalia in response to several months of drought, which has raised the likelihood of a catastrophic spread of infectious diseases, local health authorities and UN aid agencies said on Monday. Full text...

  • Gambian doctors expose challenges in health sector
    12 march 2018 12:06:49
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Dr Nenneh Bah, the Vice President of the striking Gambia Resident Doctors, on Monday said their strike action was necessary for people to know the numerous problems doctors face in the West African nation. Full text...

  • Gambian doctors stop work amid row with health minister
    12 march 2018 09:36:33
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - About 130 resident doctors across the country have stopped work completely from Monday after the health minister Saffie Lowe Ceesay rejected their demand to resign. Full text...

  • WHO issues guidelines to help countries end ‘reign’ of tobacco industry
    10 march 2018 12:33:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday launched new guidelines on the role that tobacco product regulations can play in saving lives by reducing the demand for tobacco and tobacco products – estimated to kill over seven million people annually. Full text...

  • Lassa Fever claims three lives in Liberia
    09 march 2018 15:28:00
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) – The National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health have announced in Monrovia the death of three persons from Lassa Fever. Full text...

  • Gambian doctors commence sit-down strike
    09 march 2018 10:30:15
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian doctors began a a sit-don strike on Friday after their ultimatum to the health minister to resign over her alleged accusation of "young and unpatriotic" doctors of corruption and stealing of drugs elapsed. Full text...

  • Swine flu outbreak reported in Kenya’s Laikipia region
    07 march 2018 14:48:22
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – An outbreak of H1N1 virus, also known as Swine influenza, has been reported in Laikipia in Kenya, where a child was confirmed dead, health authorities said on Wednesday. Full text...

  • African countries move to block processed South African meat
    06 march 2018 09:50:52
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – The fallout from the deadly outbreak of listeriosis continues to be felt as African countries move to block South African meat products. Full text...

  • Food giant identifies source of killer bacterium
    05 march 2018 09:56:06
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) – Food giant Tiger Brands on Monday confirmed all its Enterprise Foods meat products will be recalled nationally after its production plant in Polokwane, Limpopo Province, was the source of a massive outbreak of listeriosis. Full text...

  • Ugandan leader calls for public awareness on non-genetic causes of infertility
    03 march 2018 09:41:00
    Kampala, Uganda (PANA) – Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called for countrywide sensitization of the people about non-genetic causes of infertility because they are avoidable and preventable. Full text...

  • Kenyan hospital chief suspended after mistaken brain surgery
    02 march 2018 19:40:37
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) – Kenya’s health ministry Cabinet Secretary, Sicily Kariuki, said the chief executive officer of the state-run hospital would be forced to leave office until an investigation into the circumstances under which a patient was wrongfully subjected to a brain surgery is complete. Full text...

  • Patient recuperating after mistaken brain surgery in Kenya
    02 march 2018 06:21:25
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A patient at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Kenya is recovering after wrongfully undergoing a brain surgery at the facility, the Hospital's Chief Executive Officer Lily Koros said on Thursday. Full text...

  • On ‘Zero Discrimination Day’ UN urges tackling everyday biases
    01 march 2018 19:54:47
    New York, US (PANA) - To mark Zero Discrimination Day, the United Nations agency coordinating the global effort to tackle HIV/AIDS is challenging people to recognise where everyday discrimination takes place and take action to stop it by asking themselves simple questions: ‘What if the person you bought your vegetables from was living with HIV? Would you buy tomatoes from him?’ Full text...

  • 14% of newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency – UN
    01 march 2018 19:40:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 per cent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life, according to a United Nations-backed report released Thursday. Full text...

  • Gambian army to join campaign against open defecation
    01 march 2018 10:21:38
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is to involve the Gambian military in the campaign to discourage open defecation in the country. Full text...

  • President Barrow opens 58th West African surgeons' meeting
    26 february 2018 17:35:58
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Adama Barrow on Monday opened here the 58th annual meeting of West African College of Surgeons stating that the health sector stands out as one of his administration's priority areas for urgent action. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone maximizes protection of children against polio
    24 february 2018 09:12:34
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone on Friday officially introduced injectable polio vaccine (or IPV) into its routine immunization programme to maximize protection against polio. Full text...

  • New UN high-profile panel set to take on non-communicable diseases
    17 february 2018 05:01:04
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Bold, innovative solutions are now on the table to accelerate the prevention and control of deadly non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – such as heart and lung disease, cancers and diabetes – as a new United Nations health agency high-level commission gets set to begin its work. Full text...

  • WHO issues new guidelines on global care standards during childbirth
    15 february 2018 17:44:24
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) has issued new guidelines on global care standards throughout labour and immediately after childbirth aimed at reducing the use of needless and potentially harmful routine clinical and medical interventions. Full text...

  • WHO Africa boss begins Congo visit
    15 february 2018 11:56:45
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Director for Africa, started her first official three-day visit to the Republic of Congo on 14 February to enhance cooperation on strengthening the country’s health system. Full text...

  • South Sudan declares end of cholera outbreak
    08 february 2018 11:37:53
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – South Sudan has declared the end of its longest and largest cholera outbreak, with no new cases of cholera reported in over seven weeks. Full text...

  • US$46 billion in productivity lost to cancer in major emerging economies (A WHO Feature)
    04 february 2018 01:31:15
    Lyon, France, (PANA) – A new study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology evaluates for the first time the cost of productivity lost due to premature cancer deaths in several major emerging economies. Full text...

  • Remote Nigeria communities welcome child health programme (A WHO Feature)
    04 february 2018 01:25:35
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - We have travelled for over 2 hours from Minna in Nigeria’s rural Niger State. The final 45 minutes are on unpaved roads, and we exchange nods and waves as our jostling four-wheel drive vehicle passes people walking or tending to crops. Coming to a field ringed with trees, we exit the vehicles to walk down a precipitous trail leading to the village of Etsu Gudu. Full text...

  • IAEA chief urges greater access to cancer diagnosis, prevention, treatment services
    02 february 2018 20:32:53
    Vienna, Austria (PANA) – Millions of people suffering from cancer in developing countries still lack access to effective prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Friday, urging continued efforts to ensure greater access to these vital services. Full text...

  • Congo, health charity sign MOU
    31 january 2018 10:21:02
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - Congo and a humanitarian and medical charity, Order of Malta, on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding under which Congo will benefit from vaccination and other medical care activities. Full text...

  • WHO warms about antibiotic resistance
    29 january 2018 19:58:47
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) – Antimicrobials have been a driver of unprecedented medical and societal advances, but their overuse has resulted in antibiotic resistant bacteria. Full text...

  • WHO says world should focus on ending transmission of leprosy among children
    28 january 2018 05:51:55
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As the world marks World Leprosy Day, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) says national programmes should boost active case-finding, strengthen surveillance, improve contact-tracing and focus more on early detection of leprosy cases among children to ensure achievement of the global target of zero child infection by 2020. Full text...

  • African leaders urged to renew commitment to malaria-free Africa
    27 january 2018 15:49:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African nations must renew their commitment and strengthen instruments to attain a malaria-free Africa by 2030, their leaders heard on Friday at a high-level briefing held on the margins of the 30th African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Full text...

  • WHO promotes one-health approach in response to zoonotic diseases in South Sudan
    26 january 2018 18:21:19
    Juba, South Sudan (PANA) – The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Friday it is promoting the one-health approach to ensure that the combined resources and expertise are effectively used to reduce threats posed by zoonotic diseases in South Sudan. Full text...

  • Largest yellow fever vaccination campaign in Nigeria’s history under way – WHO
    26 january 2018 06:34:36
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Government launched a mass vaccination campaign in alliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, aiming to immunize more than 25 million people before the end of this year. Full text...

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