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  • WEFA: USAID, Nigeria announce US$20m assistance to prevent child, maternal mortality
    07 may 2014 15:28:28
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), taking advantage of the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa (WEFA) here, Wednesday announced a US$20 million scheme to provide affordable financing options and increase capacity in Nigeria’s primary healthcare system. Full text...

  • Switzerland/WHO: Air quality deteriorating in many of the world’s cities
    07 may 2014 13:15:38
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Air quality in most cities worldwide that monitor outdoor (ambient) air pollution fails to meet World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for safe levels, putting people at additional risk of respiratory disease and other health problems, WHO has said. Full text...

  • Mali: National family planning campaign launched in Mali
    06 may 2014 19:48:27
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Ministry of Health and Public Hygiene, Ousmane Koné, on Tuesday launched the 10th edition of the national family planning campaign which would focus on the youth. Full text...

  • UN: 'Africa carries most burden of maternal deaths'
    06 may 2014 14:18:31
    New York, PANA (PANA) - Six of the 10 countries that carry most of the burden of maternal deaths in the world are from Africa, according to highlights from the newly-published report, ''Trends in maternal mortality estimates 1990 to 2013''. Full text...

  • UN: '45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990'
    06 may 2014 13:53:18
    New York, US (PANA) - New United Nations data show a 45% reduction in maternal deaths since 1990, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the World Health Organization (WHO) and obtained by PANA here. Full text...

  • UN: WHO warns on polio resurgence
    05 may 2014 17:24:17
    New York, US (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that the spread of polio in countries where it was once eradicated is an "extraordinary event and unless an international coordinated response is urgently put in place, the preventable disease will resurge. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO tasks health workers on hygiene
    04 may 2014 08:14:58
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - Ahead of Hand Hygiene Day which is observed globally on 5 May, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged health workers to practice good hand hygiene when caring for patients, to protect them from contracting infections in health facilities. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Trade unionist wants "beer tax" to fund HIV treatment in Cameroon
    01 may 2014 17:04:22
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroonian trade unionist, René Bernard Ekédi, has asked the government to impose a tax worth 50 FCFA on each bottle of beer sold to fund the struggle against HIV/Aids in the country, indicating that about 12 million of bottle of beers are consumed yearly in Cameroon, a PANA correspondent reported from here. Full text...

  • UN: WHO says antibiotic resistance 'serious threat' to global public health
    30 april 2014 20:35:33
    New York, US (PANA) - UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday released a report saying that antibiotic resistance is now a major threat to global public health. Full text...

  • Mauritius: One case of malaria detected in "malaria-free" Mauritius
    29 april 2014 16:12:50
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – One case of malaria was detected at the beginning of the week in Mauritius, where the disease has long been eradicated, the Mauritian Health Ministry announced Tuesday in a communique. Full text...

  • Switzerland/WHO: WHO convenes Emergency Committee on polio
    28 april 2014 13:45:35
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, is convening an Emergency Committee under the International Health Regulations to advise on whether the current developments on the spread of poliovirus constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, PANA reported Monday, quoting the WHO. Full text...

  • Tanzania: Govt struggles to modernise public health services
    28 april 2014 11:23:27
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - Tanzania's Health and Social Welfare Minister Seif Rashid has lamented the dearth of cardiologists to run the new ultramodern Centre for Cardiac Surgery, which signposts the country's progress in modernising its medical services. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Report warns of looming tobacco epidemic in Africa
    26 april 2014 16:20:37
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – There is the urgent need for concerted efforts by all stakeholders to prevent a looming tobacco epidemic in Africa to safeguard the future well being of the continent, according to a report released by the Network of African Science Academies. Full text...

  • Senegal: Senegal celebrates World Malaria Day
    25 april 2014 15:08:47
    Richard Toll, Senegal (PANA) – Senegalese health authorities, celebrating this year's World Malaria Day on Friday, moved the party to Richard Toll, a town located 317 km north of Dakar that was chosen for the good results achieved in the fight against this scourge in 2013. Full text...

  • US: UN marks World Malaria Day, with calls for near zero preventable deaths
    25 april 2014 14:40:24
    New York, US (PANA) - UN officials on Friday said the tide has turned on malaria, with mortality rates for children in Africa down by half, but said a stronger surveillance system is urgently needed to prevent new outbreaks and resurgences. Full text...

  • Mali: 'Malaria claimed more than 1,600 lives in 2013'
    24 april 2014 21:23:34
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Malaria killed 1,643 people in Mali in 2013, Dr Diakaridia Koné, Director of the the national malaria programme, said on Thursday in Bamako. Full text...

  • Tunis: Japan gives Tunisia 10 billion Yen loan for sanitation
    24 april 2014 20:04:37
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The Tunisian national constituent assembly on Thursday ratified a 10.87 billion-yen loan from Japan to finance a project to improve water works and sanitation in the water treatment stations in several Tunisian regions. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Japan, Nigeria to sign deal on polio eradication
    24 april 2014 18:41:03
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Japanese government on Thursday said that it is ready to begin the disbursement of US$85 million loan to assist Nigeria to eradicate the polio menace. Full text...

  • Rwanda: WHO launches first-ever manual to track malaria in Africa
    24 april 2014 12:24:15
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has launched a manual on malaria prevention aimed at helping countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, to assess the technical, operational and financial feasibility of moving towards disease elimination, the global health body said in a statement issued on Thursday in Kigali, Rwanda's capital. Full text...

  • Mauritania: President Aziz lays foundation stone for virology, hepatitis institute
    23 april 2014 16:52:37
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) – The Mauritanian president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the country's national virology and hepatitis institute, PANA reported, quoting official sources. Full text...

  • Congo: Vaccination campaign against rotavirus diarrhea launched
    23 april 2014 13:10:39
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - A week-long vaccination campaign for infants against rotavirus diarrhea epidemic began Tuesday in Brazzaville, the Congolese capital, under the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). Full text...

  • Guinea: 61 persons dead, 23 hospitalized with Ebola
    20 april 2014 09:09:33
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – Sixty-one people have died in Guinea from the Ebola disease since the beginning of the year, while 23 others are in hospital, according to Dr. Sakoba Kéita, head of the health services at the Health Ministry. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UNAIDS Executive Director arrives in Mauritius
    18 april 2014 15:31:24
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - UNAIDS Executive Director and Under Secretary General of the United Nations, Dr. Michel Sidibé, arrived in Mauritius late Thursday for a five-day official visit, PANA reported from Port-Louis. Full text...

  • Congo: African Vaccination Week proves its worth (WHO/AFRO FEATURES)
    18 april 2014 10:26:36
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - If any doubts ever existed about the wisdom or benefits of instituting the African Vaccination Week (AVW), the celebration of the 3rd edition in the Region in 2013 very eloquently cleared such doubts. Full text...

  • Angola: African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to be established
    18 april 2014 10:01:04
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) - African Health Ministers have rounded off a two-day meeting in Luanda with an agreement to establish the African Centre for Disease Control and Prevention to avert the high death and sickness associated with severe public health events, PANA reported Friday. Full text...

  • Senegal: Japanese-built health centre inaugurated
    18 april 2014 08:39:24
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Senegal's President Macky Sall Thursday inaugurated a Japanese-built health centre in Saraya in the South-west of the African country. Full text...

  • Angola: Maternal mortality drops in Angola
    17 april 2014 14:07:00
    Luanda, Angola (PANA) – Maternal mortality has dropped significantly in Angola, from 1,400 deaths to 100,000 births in 2001 to 450 to 100,000 currently, the Angolan vice-president Manuel Vicente indicated here on Thursday at the opening of the first meeting of African Health ministers. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Nurses improve rural healthcare amid intensified doctor training
    16 april 2014 16:12:57
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Trained nurses are offering highly-skilled surgical services to women in rural Ethiopia as the government races to train more doctors to address the shortage, health minister Kesetebirhan Admassu, said here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Mali: No case of Ebola reported so far in Mali, says Health minister
    16 april 2014 16:07:32
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – Neither a confirmed case of Ebola fever nor a suspected case have been reported so far in Mali, according to results from lobaratory tests, cited here Wednesday by PANA. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: Maternal healthcare improves with more foreign aid
    16 april 2014 14:07:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Ethiopia has met one of the global anti-poverty targets by radically improving child survival and reducing the death of women during pregnancy and child-birth. Full text...

  • Guinea: Govt lauds decline in Ebola cases
    16 april 2014 07:58:03
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - The Guinean Government has expressed satisfaction with the declining cases of the Ebola haemorrhagic fever that has infected more than 150 people and killed over 100 since February, PANA reported from the Guinean capital. Full text...

  • Mauritius: New cases of HIV/AIDS going down in Mauritius
    14 april 2014 20:10:57
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – The number of new cases of HIV/AIDS is going down in Mauritius with 27 cases detected monthly in 2012 compared to 31 cases monthly in 2011, according to a communiqué published in Port-Louis on Monday by the Mauritian Health Ministry. Full text...

  • Mauritius: UNAIDS director Sidibe expected in Mauritius next week
    12 april 2014 13:33:46
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – UNAIDS director Michel Sidibé will visit Mauritius from 17-21 April, official sources said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mauritius: 'No new case of dengue as surveillance continues'
    11 april 2014 16:02:17
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Ministry said Friday that no new cases of dengue was detected from the 1,766 samples tested since last week, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon strengthens vigilance against Ebola
    11 april 2014 11:32:10
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroonian health authorities have announced the strengthening of preventive and surveillance measures following the outbreak of the Ebola haemorrhagic disease in some West African countries. Full text...

  • Mali: No case of Ebola virus fever reported in Mali
    10 april 2014 18:12:45
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – As at Thursday, no confirmed case of the Ebola fever has been reported in Mali, following results of the samples tested in the US and received by the Malian department of Health and public hygiene three days ago, says an official communiqué made available to PANA on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senate enacts HIV/AIDS anti-discrimination bill
    10 april 2014 17:09:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Senate Thursday moved to end discrimination against persons living with the HIV in the country by passing the HIV and Aids Anti-Discrimination Bill. Full text...

  • Guinea/WHO: WHO steps up efforts to battle Ebola
    10 april 2014 09:10:10
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - As the Ebola haemorrhagic disease continues to ravage Guinea, where it has claimed 101 lives in 157 cases so far, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said it is working with partners to intensify efforts to control the outbreak of the disease, which has a fatality rate of up to 90%. Full text...

  • Congo/WHO: Guinea-worm set to bow out as public health threat in Africa (WHO AFRO FEATURE)
    10 april 2014 08:56:23
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The above headline would have been unimaginable 30 years ago when Guinea-worm disease (GWD) was robust, alive and well in much of Africa. Full text...

  • Mali: Govt. distributes treated mosquito nets
    09 april 2014 18:03:15
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) – The Malian Minister of Health and Public hygiene, Ousmane Koné, has kicked off the distribution of long-term, treated mosquito nets in the region of Kayes, the Malian news agency (AMAP) reported here on Wednesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Nigeria in danger of Ebola disease'
    09 april 2014 17:39:18
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, Wednesday admitted that Nigeria faces a serious threat from the Ebola fever disease, even though there are no real signs now. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia has highest renal failure cases in Africa
    08 april 2014 22:44:56
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – The chief of urology service at the University hospital of Sahloul in Sousse, Dr Abdellatif Achour, has said that Tunisia has the highest renal failure cases in Africa. Full text...

  • Guinea: At least 20 'cured' of Ebola fever in Guinea
    08 april 2014 22:36:17
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) – At least 21 people, who suffered from Ebola fever in Guinea, have been cured in Conakry and several cities, the international medical NGO, Médecins sans frontières (MSF), said on Tuesday. Full text...

  • Togo: No case of Ebola reported in Togo, says Health ministry
    08 april 2014 22:01:58
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) - Togo's health ministry said on Tuesday that the country has not recorded any case of the deadly Ebola fever. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cameroon to host poliomyelitis vaccination campaign
    08 april 2014 20:23:46
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroon will organise a three-day nationwide polio vaccination from Friday, the Cameroonian minister of Public Health, André Mama Fouda, has announced. Full text...

  • Gambia: January 17 is National Natural Medicine Day
    07 april 2014 21:39:34
    Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Members of the Gambian National Assembly in Banjul on Monday officially adopted 17 January as National Natural Medicine Day. Full text...

  • Ghana: No Ebola in Ghana
    07 april 2014 14:15:52
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The test result of blood samples collected from a 12-year-old who was suspected to have died from the deadly Ebola disease at Ghana's Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has proved negative, the country's Health Minister has said. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Focus on Vector-Borne Diseases on World Health Day
    07 april 2014 13:01:42
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The Mauritian Health and Quality of Life Minister, Lormus Bundhoo, said here Monday that mosquitoes remained one of the best known disease vectors across the world, and that in Mauritius, it is a major public health concern. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Novartis provides 2m paediatric anti-malarials to Zambia
    07 april 2014 09:17:14
    Basel, Switzerland (PANA) - Swiss healthcare solutions firm Novartis has announced that two million treatments of its paediatric anti-malarials are arriving in Zambia thanks to the ongoing efforts of the company in collaboration with Malaria No More’s Power of One campaign. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana reports first suspected Ebola case
    07 april 2014 07:47:58
    Kumasi, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana's health authorities have announced the first suspected case of the deadly Ebola disease at the country's second biggest hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), in Kumasi. Full text...

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