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  • South Africa: Ebola scare as South African is tested for virus
    18 august 2014 11:58:32
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - A 37-year-old South African who recently returned from Liberia has been admitted to hospital amid concerns that he may have contracted the Ebola virus. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: US to deploy 100 medical personnel to fight Ebola in West Africa
    18 august 2014 11:53:43
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The US is to deploy 25 doctors and 75 nurses to assist the four West African states that have been hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), according to Reuben Brigety, US envoy to the African Union (AU). Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO calls for protection for health workers
    18 august 2014 09:36:31
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for an end to the targeting of health workers in conflicts and other humanitarian crises, which represent a breach of the fundamental right to health, as major emergencies around the globe increase in scale, complexity and frequency. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria records first Ebola survivor
    17 august 2014 10:16:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A medical doctor who contracted the Ebola virus after treating Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who brought the virus to Nigeria, has fully recovered from the disease and discharged from the hospital, the local media reported Sunday, quoting a Nigerian government official. Full text...

  • Kenya: Kenya slaps travel ban on Ebola-hit West Africa, Nigeria exempt 
    16 august 2014 18:39:27
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenyan authorities have banned passengers from Ebola-affected West African states, except Nigeria, from entering the country hours after five cases of suspected Ebola infection were reported at local hospitals, health minister James Macharia announced here Saturday. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: AU, WHO, OCHA officials meet in Addis Ababa over Ebola
    16 august 2014 18:00:13
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – A meeting to share information on the deadly Ebola disease that broke out in West Africa will be held Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, at the initiative of the department for social affairs at the African Union Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Full text...

  • Belgium: EU seriously worried over spread of Ebola in West Africa
    16 august 2014 16:37:36
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union (EU) says it is “strongly concerned” about the spread of the deadly Ebola disease in “several West African countries among which are Sierra Leone, Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria", and offered condolences from EU member States to populations affected by the disease, official sources said here. Full text...

  • Mali: Mali gets mobile clinic for family planning
    16 august 2014 16:21:13
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian minister of Health and Public hygiene, Ousmane Koné, on Saturday inaugurated a mobile clinic, donated by Canada to the Malian association of family protection and promotion (AMPPF), sources close to the Malian ministry of Health and Public hygiene told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says Ebola cases, deaths vastly underestimated
    15 august 2014 19:47:15
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO), says health workers at Ebola Full text...

  • Belgium: EU foreign affairs ministers meeting adds Ebola on agenda
    15 august 2014 18:23:37
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – European Union foreign affairs ministers meeting Friday in Brussels to discuss emergency situations, mainly in Ukraine and Iraq, had an extra agenda on the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, following Wednesday's death in Spain of a priest-doctor who contracted the virus in Liberia. Full text...

  • Benin: Benin govt needs 1.7 billion FCFA to respond to Ebola
    15 august 2014 17:30:14
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – Cash-strapped Benin is looking for 1.72 billion FCFA for containing the Ebola virus in case of an outbreak in the West African country, Health Minister Dorothée Akoko Kindé-Gazard said Friday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Equatorial Guinea closes border with Cameroon over Ebola
    15 august 2014 17:06:03
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) – Equatorial Guinea has unilaterally closed its border with Cameroon apparently to avert the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease, PANA reported from here Friday quoting Cameroonian border authorities. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian doctors protest sack by government
    15 august 2014 16:44:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigerian doctors under the aegis of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) Friday converged in Nigeria’s capital Abuja to protest the suspension of the nation's residency programme. Full text...

  • US: American govt. working with Liberia, Sierra Leone to check Ebola outbreak
    15 august 2014 14:14:29
    New York, US (PANA) - US President Barack Obama has expressed the commitment of the American government to work with Liberia, Sierra Leone and other international partners to contain the Ebola outbreak in both countries and in the West African sub-region. Full text...

  • Switzerland: No new case of Ebola in Nigeria - WHO
    15 august 2014 11:29:39
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Nigeria, one of the four West African countries affected by the Ebola outbreak, has not recorded any new case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, following the importation of a case by a Liberian traveller last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: 2nd doctor dies of Ebola
    15 august 2014 10:46:22
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A second medical doctor in Sierra Leone has died of the Ebola Viral Disease that is ravaging the West African nation and three other countries in the sub-region, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO allays fears on Ebola infection on air travel
    14 august 2014 19:22:36
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Thursday allayed fears amid reports that airlines are suspending flights over the Ebola outbreak by sending out social media messages with assurances that "unlike infections like influenza and tuberculosis, Ebola is not airborne." Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana warns citizens not to travel to Ebola affected countries
    14 august 2014 18:04:07
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Ghana government on Thursday warned its citizens not to travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, which are the main countries in West Africa that have been affected by the dreaded Ebola disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Families of Ebola victims seek international assistance
    14 august 2014 15:11:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The families of the seven confirmed Nigerian victims of Ebola, who are still alive and receiving treatment, have called for international medical assistance to ensure that the patients get good treatment that will make them to beat the disease. Full text...

  • Ghana: President Mahama orders release of more money to fight Ebola
    14 august 2014 11:32:33
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama has ordered the release of 6 million Ghana cedis (about US$2 million) to fight the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: 'US$25m needed to fight Ebola'
    14 august 2014 09:21:48
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has said his government needs US$25 million to implement its strategy and planned activities to be able to stop the Ebola Virus Disease that has now killed 334 people from 783 cases in the country alone. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Burkinabe, Ivorian govts tighten border control, ban food imports to curb Ebola
    14 august 2014 07:50:21
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Burkina Faso has signed an agreement with Cote d' Ivoire to strengthen border monitoring in order to prevent the spread of Ebola from their West African neighbours, a Burkinabe diplomat said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says 1m people affected by Ebola outbreak
    14 august 2014 07:39:31
    New York US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said more than one million people are affected by the Ebola outbreak based in the so-called "hot zone of disease transmission" on the borders of the three countries most impacted by the disease. Full text...

  • Mali: Government tightens preventive measures against Ebola disease
    13 august 2014 19:48:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - Mali has unveiled a 1.3 billion CFAF contingency plan for prevention of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), after activating surveillance of the disease in several locations along the country's common border with Guinea, sources in the Malian Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene told PANA Wednesday. Full text...

  • Senegal: UNICEF starts annual review of interventions in Casamance region
    13 august 2014 19:10:20
    Ziguinchor, Senegal (PANA) – UNICEF has on Wednesday started its annual review of interventions made in the Senegalese region of Casamance, with the participation of all stakeholders in education, health, community organizations and local authorities from the region's three departments of Ziguinchor, Sedhiou and Kolda, sources told PANA. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian authorities record 198 Ebola Virus Disease cases, three deaths
    13 august 2014 17:39:38
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria has so far recorded a total of 198 cases of Ebola virus infections, Minister of Information, Labaran Maku said Wednesday. Full text...

  • US: American govt issues update on Ebola response
    13 august 2014 14:01:32
    New York, US (PANA) - The US government has said it is working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and other international partners to help West African governments respond to and contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus "as quickly as possible". Full text...

  • Mauritania: 'No Ebola in Mauritania'
    13 august 2014 12:44:06
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - No case of the Ebola Virus Disease that is ravaging parts of West Africa has been detected in Mauritania, but medical teams have been mobilised to deal with any eventuality, the Mauritanian News Agency (AMI) reported Wednesday. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU welcomes experimental Ebola drug, insists on medical ethics
    13 august 2014 11:28:19
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has welcomed the release of the experimental Ebola drug, ZMAPP, but insists that patient consent and the side-effects should be considered in offering the drugs in a continent where advanced medical services are still amongst the world’s weakest. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Pres. Koroma 'disappointed' over international response to Ebola
    12 august 2014 22:59:40
    Freetown, Sierra Leone PANA) - With his country badly hit by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone has expressed his disappointment at the the slow response of the international community to the fight against the disease in the country. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon acquires cameras, laser thermometers against Ebola
    12 august 2014 22:26:42
    Douala, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian Minister of Public Health, Mr. André Mama Fouda, announced on Tuesday that the country has acquired cameras and laser thermometers as part of measures to check the spread of the Ebola virus. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UNAIDS calls for less discrimination against people living with HIV
    12 august 2014 22:11:48
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – UNAIDS adviser in human rights and laws in Africa, Béchir Ndaw, says the restriction imposed to foreigners living with the HIV virus is a discriminatory practice. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS staff dies of Ebola
    12 august 2014 20:59:59
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - A Nigerian staff of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), becoming the second Nigerian to die of the disease which is ravaging parts of West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Jonathan calls for strategic West Africa collaboration over Ebola
    12 august 2014 20:58:48
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday called for strategic collaboration among West African countries to check spread and and further threat to human lives of the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Council on Health approves measures for containing Ebola Virus Disease
    12 august 2014 18:21:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian National Council on Health, which was convened over the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak in the country, Tuesday directed a halt to inter-State transportation of corpses within the country without an approved waiver issued by the Federal Ministry of Health. Full text...

  • US: UN stresses importance of good mental health in youth
    12 august 2014 18:06:28
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN in a new publication launched to coincide with International Youth Day on Tuesday, said that each year 20 per cent of the world's young people experience a mental health condition. Full text...

  • Angola: GSK, Save the Children offer US$1 million for healthcare innovation
    12 august 2014 16:33:32
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - GSK, one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and Save the Children are calling for applications for their 2014 $1million Healthcare Innovation Award, as previous winners attract interest and support from national governments to help improve survival rates of newborns and children under five in developing countries. Full text...

  • Rwanda: Ebola test on German student proves negative
    12 august 2014 14:31:53
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – The results of tests carried out on a young German student, isolated since Sunday following the suspicion that he had shown signs of contracting the Ebola disease, has proved negative, hospital sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Burundi: Civil aviation authorities take preventive measures against Ebola
    12 august 2014 14:18:16
    Bujumbura, Burundi (PANA) – The civil aviation authorities at Bujumbura international airport have requested for permanent medical teams to monitor daily arrivals and departures of passengers who would present symptoms of the Ebola disease, official sources said on Tuesday in the Burundian capital. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Doctors' strike hampers fight against Ebola
    12 august 2014 13:59:25
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A strike by junior and some senior medical doctors at the Connaught Hospital, Sierra Leone`s main referral health facility, may hamper the country's efforts to stop the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease that has killed 315 people in the country. Full text...

  • Niger: Minister declares no Ebola epidemic in Niger
    12 august 2014 13:54:14
    Niamey, Niger (PANA) - Niger has so far recorded no case of Ebola," the Nigerien Minister of Public Health, Mano Aghaly, said Tuesday at a press briefing here. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO gives go ahead for use of experimental drug to treat Ebola victims
    12 august 2014 13:37:14
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has given the green light for the use of experimental drugs to treat those infected with Ebola Virus Disease, amid the worst-ever outbreak of the disease in West Africa, PANA reported. Full text...

  • Senegal: Journalist arrested for reporting Ebola cases
    12 august 2014 12:54:40
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The chief editor of the Senegalese private newspaper, La Tribune, Félix Nzalé, was arrested on Monday for reporting the detection of five people affected by Ebola in Senegal. Full text...

  • Congo: WHO provides Congo with drugs worth FCFA 1.7 billion
    11 august 2014 20:40:47
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Africa Regional Office of World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday donated drugs and equipment worth FCFA 1.7 billion to Congo to improve the health of mothers and children and reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality through access to quality drugs in health facilities. Full text...

  • UN: WHO convenes ethical review of Ebola's experimental drugs
    11 august 2014 19:11:07
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday convened a meeting of ethicists and scientists to discuss the use of experimental medicines in treating Ebola, three days after the agency declared the current outbreak of the disease in West Africa an international public health emergency. Full text...

  • Mauritania: Govt seals off borders at night to prevent Ebola disease outbreak
    11 august 2014 18:51:34
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - Mauritania has resorted to partial closure of its borders in a reactivated national plan to check the Ebola Virus Disease from spreading into the West African country, official sources here told PANA Monday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Govt. takes stringent measures to halt Ebola spread
    11 august 2014 13:57:15
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leone, worst hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) ravaging parts of West Africa, has taken more stringent measures to stop the spread of the disease, according to Information and Communication Minister Alpha Kanu. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Religious organizations call for prayers for Ebola-hit countries
    11 august 2014 13:00:33
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) – The Association of Sunni Muslims in Côte d’Ivoire (AMSCI) and the Council of Sunni Imams (CODIS) have called their members to pray for countries affected by the Ebola disease. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana extends help to Ebola hit countries
    11 august 2014 12:47:22
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has extended humanitarian assistance to Ebola hit countries. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola cases rise to 10
    11 august 2014 12:38:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government has confirmed a new case of the Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) in the commercial city of Lagos, bringing the total number of cases in Africa's most-populous nation to 10, with two deaths recorded so far. Full text...

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