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  • Tunisia: 'Noncommunicable diseases cause 49,000 deaths per year in Tunisia'
    09 september 2014 00:05:00
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) cause more than 49,000 deaths per year in Tunisia, the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the Middle East, Alaa Alwan, said at a recent seminar in Tunis. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 339 Ebola contact cases discharged
    08 september 2014 22:00:14
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria has announced the release of 339 people who had different degrees of contacts (primary, secondary and tertiary) with the late Liberian-American Ebola Virus Disease index case, Mr Patrick Sawyer. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU Executive Council resolves to lift barriers against Ebola-hit West Africa
    08 september 2014 19:26:07
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - At the close of an emergency session here Monday, the Executive Council of the African Union (AU) agreed to lift all border closures and travel restrictions against West African countries battling the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 2,000 people in the region. Full text...

  • Liberia: WHO says Ebola situation in Liberia calls for non-conventional interventions
    08 september 2014 18:45:22
    Monrovia, Liberia (PANA) - Transmission of the Ebola virus in Liberia is already intense and the number of new cases is increasing exponentially, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said Monday, noting that 14 of the West African country's 15 counties have now reported confirmed cases. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: WHO doctor to be evacuated after testing positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone
    08 september 2014 18:15:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) – A medical doctor working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in an Ebola treatment centre in Sierra Leone has tested positive for the disease, the UN agency said Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 10th Ebola survivor discharged
    08 september 2014 14:02:57
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - The 10th Ebola survivor in Nigeria has been discharged from the quarantine centre in southern Rivers State after she was successfully treated, PANA reported Monday, quoting State Commissioner for Health Sampson Parker. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU warns border closures, flight suspensions worse than Ebola
    08 september 2014 13:12:38
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, said here Monday that border closures and the suspension of flights to Ebola-affected countries in West Africa worsened the impact of the disease on the local populations than the disease itself. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: US$800,000 medical supplies land in Sierra Leone to pep up Ebola fight
    06 september 2014 13:18:27
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, and the World Bank have airlifted 48 metric tons of medical supplies worth US$825,000 to Sierra Leone to help pep up the country's battle against Ebola, which has killed over 470 people in the country so far, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • UN: Ban tasks international community on Ebola response
    05 september 2014 20:15:05
    New York, US (PANA) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday called for "an international rescue" to adequately respond to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and help the affected countries cope with the challenges arising from the epidemic. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Schools to resume early as Nigeria contains Ebola epidemic
    05 september 2014 17:34:41
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Following favourable report on the containment of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria, the Federal Government announced Friday that all public and private schools across the country will reopen 22 September instead of 13 October. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases 140 million Euros to fight Ebola in West Africa
    05 september 2014 16:45:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – The European Union has released 140 million Euros to help countries affected by the deadly Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa, particularly Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria beef up their healthcare systems, it was officially announced here Friday. Full text...

  • Congo: Triple threat of EVD facing Congo - Health official
    05 september 2014 14:06:00
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – Congo, a country covered by 60% forests, would be under triple threat of the Ebola disease that broke out in West Africa and in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to Congolese health authorities. Full text...

  • UN: WHO meets on Ebola therapies, vaccines
    05 september 2014 08:02:18
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to discuss potential Ebola therapies and vaccines in response to public demand for definitive treatment for the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt pledges to assist ECOWAS nations in fighting Ebola
    04 september 2014 18:08:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria on Thursday pledged to share the expertise it has garnered in managing the Ebola Virus Disease with other West African countries that are currently struggling with containment of the dreaded disease. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO calls for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide
    04 september 2014 14:13:41
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for a coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide, with more than 800,000 people dying by suicide every year - around one person every 40 seconds. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nine Ebola survivors recorded to date, as 7th victim dies
    04 september 2014 07:51:06
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian health authorities have given their Ebola battle scorecard, showing that seven people have died of the disease in the country while nine others have survived to date. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria records another case of Ebola
    03 september 2014 20:22:04
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian federal government on Wednesday announced that another case of the dreaded Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been recorded in the country, bringing the total number of Nigerians so far infected to 18. Full text...

  • Italy: Ebola outbreak puts harvests at risk, sends food prices shooting up - FAO
    03 september 2014 13:17:37
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  • Cote d'Ivoire: Civil society urges ECOWAS to appoint special envoy to lead Ebola fight
    03 september 2014 11:12:38
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - Over forty civil society organisations have called for the appointment of a special envoy of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to lead the fight against the Ebola virus, which has killed more than 1,500 people in the sub-region. Full text...

  • Kenya: Obama assures West Africa of US support in Ebola fight
    03 september 2014 07:57:13
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - President Barack Obama has assured West African countries battling an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease of the US Government's support in stopping the spread of the virus. Full text...

  • UN: 'Ebola response must be based on scientific evidence, not on fear'
    02 september 2014 19:36:27
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Tuesday said misinformation about Ebola can only Full text...

  • US: American medical agency begins human trial for Ebola vaccine
    02 september 2014 19:06:59
    New York, US (PANA) - The US medical research agency, National Institutes of Health (NIH) will Full text...

  • Nigeria: Former heads of state, celebrities call for solidarity to deal with Ebola
    02 september 2014 18:49:34
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In a letter published in a number of newspapers, magazines and websites across Africa, leaders of civil society and business have called for more solidarity and a more coordinated approach to deal with the recent Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • Senegal: Regional UN team hails government efforts to contain Ebola virus in West Africa
    02 september 2014 17:39:42
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Regional UN team for West Africa has praised the efforts made by governments of countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease to check its spread and called for regional and international solidarity in the fight against the epidemic, said a statement made available to PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Switzerland: No link between Ebola outbreaks in DRC, West Africa - WHO
    02 september 2014 14:46:57
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - There is no link between the Ebola outbreaks in West Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the World Health Organization (WHO) announced Tuesday, after receiving results from virus sequencing of samples from the Ebola outbreak in the DRC. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d’Ivoire to open humanitarian corridors with Ebola-hit neighbours
    02 september 2014 11:27:36
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian National Security Council (CNS) has decided to open humanitarian, economic and health corridors with neighbouring countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Council has announced. Full text...

  • Italy: Ebola outbreak in W/Africa puts harvest at risk, sends food prices soaring
    02 september 2014 10:15:07
    Rome, Italy (PANA) - Disruptions in food trade and marketing in the three West African countries most affected by Ebola have made food increasingly expensive and hard to come by, while labour shortages are putting the upcoming harvest season at serious risk, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Paramount chief's householshit by Ebola
    01 september 2014 21:32:54
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - The household of the Sierra Leonean paramount chief, who last week caused a stir by opposing the transfer of Ebola patients to his district, has been hit by the deadly virus. Full text...

  • Senegal: Government strengthens measures against EVD in Senegal
    01 september 2014 18:04:25
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The Senegalese government is taking necessary measures to check the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country, President Macky Sall stated Monday, assuring that vital medical services have been mobilised to prevent a recurrence of the disease. Full text...

  • Mauritius:Six Mauritians from Ebola-hit Sierra Leone placed under quarantine
    01 september 2014 17:32:28
    Plaisance, Mauritius (PANA) - Health authorities in Mauritius have placed six Mauritians who arrived here Monday from Sierra Leone, the West African country affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Congo: Govt. launches Ebola sensitization campaign
    01 september 2014 12:33:05
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) – The Congolese government has launched a nationwide sensitization campaign against the deadly Ebola disease, together with the World Health Organization (WHO). Full text...

  • Nigeria: Health officials meet amid fresh Ebola worries
    01 september 2014 08:57:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal and state health officials were due to meet Monday (1Sept) in the capital city of Abuja to review the situation, preparedness by states and ascertain their compliance with the recommendations from the last meeting on Ebola outbreak in the country, the private Punch newspaper reported Monday. Full text...

  • Nigeria:Wife of Ebola victim tests positive to virus
    31 august 2014 18:16:02
    Port Harcourt (PANA) - The wife of the medical doctor who became the sixth person to die of Ebola in Nigeria has tested positive to the disease, according to Dr. Sampson Parker, Commissioner for Health in southern Rivers state. Full text...

  • Guinea: Medical Doctor dies from Ebola in Guinea
    31 august 2014 15:54:59
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - A medical doctor working at the Donka National Hospital in the Guinean capital, Conakry, has died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO gives necessary support to Senegal to fight Ebola
    31 august 2014 10:19:30
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has assured it will meet Senegal's urgent need for epidemiological support, personal protective equipment, and hygiene kits, after the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) spread to the country. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana accepts UN request to be logistics base in Ebola fight
    30 august 2014 12:08:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's President John Mahama has agreed to a request from the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to use the country as the logistics base for the international fight against Ebola in West Africa, according to an official statement issued by the presidency in Accra on Saturday. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Health and Sanitation minister sacked over Ebola response
    29 august 2014 23:00:34
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - Sierra Leonean President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma has sacked Minister of Health and Sanitation Madam Miatta Kargbo as he seeks to step up the response to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease that has killed at least 422 people in the country. Full text...

  • UN: Six countries on Ebola risk alert - WHO
    29 august 2014 21:27:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified six countries, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, and Senegal, at risk for the spread of the Ebola virus disease, saying that it is working with them to ensure that full surveillance, preparedness and response plans are in place. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Wife of Ebola victim moved to Lagos
    29 august 2014 16:31:05
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigerian health authorities have moved the wife of the medical doctor who died of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the southern city of Port Harcourt to an isolation centre in the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt. recalls sacked resident doctors
    29 august 2014 14:18:10
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian Federal Government has lifted the suspension on Residency Training Programme in all federal hospitals with effect from Thursday, 28 August, 2014, while the ongoing appraisal of the programme continues, according to the privately-owned Channels Television. Full text...

  • Senegal: First Ebola case reported in Senegal
    29 august 2014 13:39:11
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The first case of the deadly Ebola virus has tested positive in Senegal, the Senegalese Minister of Health, Eva Marie Coll Seck, said on Friday in a news conference. Full text...

  • Sierra Leone: Paramount chief moves to shield his people from Ebola
    29 august 2014 12:34:45
    Freetown, Sierra Leone (PANA) - A Paramount Chief in Sierra Leone, one of the four West African nations affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), has directed his people to stop any ambulance carrying infected patients to the treatment centre in his district. Full text...

  • Ghana: WHO issues roadmap to scale up international response to West Africa Ebola crisis
    28 august 2014 16:04:35
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday released a roadmap to scale up international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa that has killed more than 1,500 people. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Sierra Leone envoy calls for AU intervention against Ebola blockade 
    28 august 2014 14:20:54
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Sierra Leone's newly appointed ambassador to the African Union (AU) Osman Keh Kamara has called for urgent intervention to stop the closure of borders and flight cancellations against the Ebola-affected countries. Full text...

  • Ghana: West African Health Ministers open meeting on Ebola
    28 august 2014 14:02:48
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - A one-day meeting of West African Health Ministers on the Ebola crisis opened in Accra, Ghana's capital, Thursday with a call on participants to come out with concrete strategies on how to quickly and effectively fight the disease that has killed more than 1,500 people in four countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Residents protest against Ebola quarantine room at regional hospital
    28 august 2014 13:12:55
    Souillac, Mauritius (PANA) - At least 500 residents of the village of Souillac in southern Mauritius have petitioned the Health Ministry against the setting up of Ebola quarantine rooms at the regional hospital in the locality, PANA reported from here Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Medical doctor dies of Ebola in Port Harcourt, first case outside Lagos (Updated)
    28 august 2014 11:24:58
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - A medical doctor has died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt, becoming the first death from the virus outside the commercial city of Lagos, the authorities in Rivers State, of which Port Harcourt is capital, confirmed Thursday. Full text...

  • DEVELOPING STORY: First Ebola death recorded outside Lagos
    28 august 2014 10:14:33
    Port Harcourt, Nigeria (PANA) - The first case of Ebola death outside Nigeria's commercial capital city of Lagos has been recorded in Port Harcourt, capital of southern Rivers State, authorities have announced. Full text...

  • Cote d'Ivoire: Committee set up on Ebola
    28 august 2014 09:26:29
    Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (PANA) - The National Security Council of Cote d'Ivoire has set up a health watch committee to monitor the implementation of preventive measures against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) currently ravaging parts of West Africa, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • DR Congo: Ebola outbreak kills 13
    28 august 2014 08:49:53
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo has claimed 13 lives from 24 cases, the World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed. Full text...

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