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  • US: UN says flight restrictions hamper ability to battle Ebola
    25 august 2014 21:48:44
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN on Monday cautioned against flight restrictions into and out of Ebola-affected countries in West Africa, saying such limitations were preventing the transport of critically-needed health workers and supplies, as well as contributing to economic and diplomatic isolation of the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Federal Ministry of Health revises its Ebola virus figure to 13
    25 august 2014 18:49:02
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria said on Monday that one of the three persons currently under treatment for the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is due for imminent discharge. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO promises 'best care possible' for Ebola-infected health worker
    25 august 2014 10:07:01
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has promised to give the 'best care possible' to an international health worker who is deployed for the Organization in Sierra Leone, who has contracted Ebola. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF supports Liberia to fight Ebola outbreak
    24 august 2014 15:12:51
    New York, US (PANA) - As part of the overall UN push to assist West Africa in battling the worst Full text...

  • DR Congo: Unknown disease kills 65 in DRC
    23 august 2014 15:47:11
    Kinshasa, DR Congo (PANA) - An unknown disease has killed 65 people, including four nurses, in Boende in the North-west of DR Congo, Minister of Health Félix Kabange Numbi said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola cases top 1,000 in Liberia
    23 august 2014 14:46:02
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in Liberia have topped the 1,000 mark, with the World Health Organization (WHO) announcing in its latest update on the disease that Liberia has 1,082 cases. Full text...

  • Mauritius: International conference on cardiovascular diseases, diabetes opens Monday
    23 august 2014 14:28:40
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Experts from the UK, US, Sweden and India will gather in Mauritius Monday for a one-day international conference on cardiovascular diseases and diabetes, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Côte d’Ivoire: MPs join Ebola sensitisation
    23 august 2014 13:24:31
    Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire (PANA) - The Ivorian Members of Parliament (MPs) have initiated an awareness campaign on the Ebola Virus Disease that has hit the four West African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, PANA reported Saturday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Ghana to host Ebola meetings
    23 august 2014 10:20:28
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana is to host a series of meetings under the auspices of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to have a common approach to the fight against the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that has been ravaging the sub-region. Full text...

  • US: UN vows to radically scale up Ebola fight
    22 august 2014 22:05:37
    New York, US (PANA) - Dr. David Nabarro, Senior UN System Coordinator for Ebola, who was appointed by the UN Secretary-General to establish how best the UN can support affected communities, on Friday wrapped up the first leg of his visit to all Ebola-effected countries in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria records two new cases of Ebola
    22 august 2014 13:20:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has recorded two new cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), bringing the total number of cases so far recorded in the country to 14, according to Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu. Full text...

  • Botswana: Foreign prisoners win ARV court case in Botswana
    22 august 2014 10:54:16
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - A court in Botswana Friday ordered the government to provide anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment to imprisoned foreigners in the country living with HIV, at state expense. Full text...

  • UN: WHO chief appeals for int'l assistance for Ebola affected countries
    21 august 2014 22:13:22
    New York, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the UN World Health Organisation (WHO), Dr. Margaret Chan, on Thursday appealed for "massive, coordinated and targeted assistance" in the months ahead for the Ebola affected countries, to help them overcome the challenges they are facing. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU to deploy military medical staff to combat Ebola in West Africa
    21 august 2014 20:11:00
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has approved the deployment of a military force known as the AU Support to Ebola Outbreak (Operation ASEOWA) to combat the disease outbreak in the West African region, officials said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Congo: Govt takes measures to shut out Ebola
    21 august 2014 11:57:37
    Brazzaville, Congo (PANA) - The Congolese government has taken measures to control cross-border movements in order to combat the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has affected four West African countries, Departmental Director of Health in Brazzaville Dominique Obissi announced Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana: Opposition calls for active surveillance on Ebola
    21 august 2014 11:32:05
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - The opposition Botswana Congress Party (BCP) has called on the government to initiate an active surveillance system for the Ebola Virus Disease which has hit parts of west Africa. Full text...

  • Switzerland: Ebola cases, deaths continue to rise
    21 august 2014 10:03:40
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The number of cases and deaths from the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that broke out in Guinea in Dec. 2013 and has now spread to three other countries in the West African region has continued to rise, hitting 2,473 and 1,350 respectively as at 18 Aug., according to the latest update released by the World Health Organization (WHO) Wednesday. Full text...

  • Tanzania: African pathologists discuss role of laboratory services in quality health care
    21 august 2014 09:10:33
    Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (PANA) - The presently inadequate number of pathologists in the East, Central and Southern Africa region should not deter efforts to institute quality assurance measures for improving the profession and laboratory services that go with quality health care, according to Zanzibar President Ali Mohamed Shein. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Health ministry confirms measures to deal with Ebola virus
    20 august 2014 19:22:51
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) – Tunisian Health Minister Mohamed Salah Ben Amaar confirmed Wednesday that all necessary measures have been taken to deal with the Ebola Virus Disease in case it is detected in this North African country, Full text...

  • Benin: Catholic Church takes action against EVD
    20 august 2014 17:19:12
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) – The Catholic Church in Benin on Wednesday announced measures it has taken to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) during celebration of the sacrament of Communion, particularly at Dassa where thousands of people from allover the world go on pilgrimage every year. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: I struggled against death, it gave up - Ebola survivor says on Humanitarian Day
    20 august 2014 12:19:55
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Saa Sabas contracted the Ebola virus while caring for his sick father in Southern Guinea, but his miraculous survival following early treatment of the symptoms of the disease has made him a global hero of sorts. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Senior doctor dies from Ebola
    19 august 2014 23:19:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A senior Nigerian doctor who was infected with the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) after treating an infected Liberian at a private hospital in the commercial city of Lagos last month has died of the disease, Nigerian health authorities announced in Lagos on Tuesday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO reports encouraging signs in Nigeria, Guinea on Ebola infection
    19 august 2014 19:52:55
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Tuesday said the trends Full text...

  • Belgium: Malaria takes Guinean boy to isolation for fear of Ebola in Belgium
    19 august 2014 16:59:13
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) – A 13-year-old Guinean boy, who arrived in Belgium last week from Conakry, has been quarantined at Père Damien à Ostende University Hospital to check if he has been exposed to the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, hospital sources said Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunis takes measures to prevent Ebola virus
    19 august 2014 15:10:04
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Although the Ebola disease has not yet been recorded in Tunisia since it was first declared in 1976, the Tunisian government has taken a series of measures to prevent an outbreak in the country, according to health officials. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health authorities formulate plan to respond to EVD
    19 august 2014 14:37:40
    Souillac, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritius Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo Tuesday presented the National Preparedness Plan to enable health authorities and the population face any eventuality associated with Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) . Full text...

  • Rwanda: Severe famine looms in countries affected by Ebola in West Africa, says WHO
    19 august 2014 11:51:48
    Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) – At least some 113 new cases of the deadly Ebola disease have been reported over the last two days in the four West African countries mostly affected by the epidemic (Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria), as the isolated communities begin facing severe famine, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday in a statement obtained by PANA in Kigali. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola deaths in West Africa rise to 1,229 as 84 more patients die
    19 august 2014 10:56:39
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of people who have died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa has risen to 1,229 after 84 more people died of the disease between 14 and 16 Aug. 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update which was issued Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria winning war against Ebola as 4 more patients are discharged
    19 august 2014 10:41:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria appears to be winning the war against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), with four more persons discharged from the hospital after they were cured of the disease and only one new confirmed case recorded since the last update by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 13 Aug., PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Mauritania: No Ebola cases in Mauritania
    19 august 2014 10:14:42
    Nouakchott, Mauritania (PANA) - No case of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has been recorded in Mauritania, the Health Ministry said on Monday evening after the result of the tests carried out on a Liberian woman married to a Mauritanian proved negative. Full text...

  • UN: WHO requests exit screening of travellers leaving affected countries
    18 august 2014 22:42:56
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday said any persons with an illness consistent with Ebola should not be allowed to travel by air, sea or land from affected countries unless it is part of a medical evacuation. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Four more Ebola victims discharged from quarantine centre
    18 august 2014 18:35:32
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria’s efforts in containing the Ebola Virus Disease seem to be succeeding as four more of the Ebola victims being quarantined have been discharged. Full text...

  • NIgeria: US rules out giving Ebola experimental drug to Nigeria
    18 august 2014 18:15:49
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The US government Monday ruled out giving to Nigeria the Ebola Virus Disease experimental drug Zmapp as it has not yet been tested in humans for safety or effectiveness. Full text...

  • Nigeria: WHO moves to reduce effect of Ebola on travel, tourism
    18 august 2014 14:39:24
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - In order to support the global efforts to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has hit four West African nations and provide a coordinated international response for the travel and tourism sector, the World Health Organization (WHO) has partnered with other agencies to activate a Travel and Transport Task Force. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: African states worry over Ebola-fueled public health meltdown
    18 august 2014 14:10:20
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African diplomats have asked the African Union (AU) to warn against trade restrictions slapped as a result of the Ebola outbreak and halt the meltdown of public health systems. Full text...

  • Burkina Faso: Govt. suspends all socio-education activities because of Ebola
    18 august 2014 13:52:04
    Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (PANA) – The Burkinabe government on Monday issued a communiqué suspending the organization of socio-educational activities outside the country because of the deadly Ebola disease which is ravaging West Africa. Full text...

  • 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...

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