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  • South Africa: Psychiatry congress opens
    11 august 2014 08:27:36
    Cape Town, South Africa (PANA) - The world's largest congress on child and adolescent psychiatry began Monday at the Durban International Convention Centre with over 1000 delegates from 64 countries attending. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Catholic Church takes measures to prevent Ebola
    10 august 2014 21:18:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With Africa's most populous nation in the grip of fear over the spread of Ebola virus disease, the Catholic church in Nigeria has taken measures, including skipping the traditional rite of peace during Mass that involves shaking hands of fellow congregants, to prevent the spread of the disease. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Cholera kills 83 in Cameroon
    09 august 2014 08:39:10
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) – Cameroonian Health authorities have registered a total of 1,679 cases of cholera since the beginning of the year, of which 83 were fatal, PANA reported Friday from here. Full text...

  • Libya: Libya sets up 36 checkpoints to monitor Ebola
    08 august 2014 21:49:57
    Tripoli, Libya (PANA) – The Libyan health authorities have set up some 36 checkpoints as well as 100 swift intervention teams in various regions to check the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, the ministry announced in a statement issued on Thursday. Full text...

  • Belgium: EU releases extra 8 million euros to finance Ebola fight
    08 august 2014 21:16:19
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Following the decision of the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international emergency the European Union has allocated extra eight million euros to help combat the plague spreading in West Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Crisis in Nigerian doctors association deepens
    08 august 2014 20:51:29
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The crisis in the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) over disagreements on whether or not to call off the month-long strike following appeals in the face of the outbreak of Ebola in the country has deepened with the resignation of its president, Dr Kayode Obembe. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President Jonathan declares national emergency on Ebola
    08 august 2014 20:36:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria a National Emergency, the presidency said in a statement. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS intensifies measures to contain Ebola
    08 august 2014 18:43:00
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With four of its member states hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) announced on Friday that it had intensified measures to contain the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola deaths in 4 West African nations rise to 961
    08 august 2014 18:30:38
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The number of deaths recorded from the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in West Africa has risen from 932 as at 4 Aug. to 961 as of 6 Aug, according to the latest update provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: President declares national emergency over Ebola
    08 august 2014 17:56:31
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan on Friday in Abuja declared the control and containment of the Ebola virus in Nigeria, a national emergency. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO declares Public Health Emergency over Ebola, urges affected states to declare national emergency
    08 august 2014 12:06:26
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in four West African nations a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC), while advising leaders of affected countries to declare a national emergency. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Liberia apologises to Nigeria over Ebola
    08 august 2014 10:46:04
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Liberia has apologised to Nigeria after one of its (Liberia) citizens, Patrick Sawyer, brought the Ebola virus to Nigeria, where he died 25 July. Full text...

  • Benin: Two suspected cases Ebola recorded in Benin
    07 august 2014 22:38:08
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Two suspected cases of Ebola have been recorded in Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin, located 30 km from Cotonou, and Tanguiéta in the north-west, the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Health, Mr. Aboubacar Moufalilou, announced on Thursday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigerian doctors split over suspension of strike
    07 august 2014 20:29:16
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The executive of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) is split over the suspension of their month-long strike with two conflicting statements from the same association on the issue. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS closes down Lagos office, suspends regional meetings over Ebola
    07 august 2014 19:36:46
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria Thursday announced a temporary closure of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) regional office in Lagos as part of the measures being taken to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease in the region. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Doctors suspend strike in Nigeria over Ebola
    07 august 2014 13:36:01
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Doctors in Nigeria's public health institutions have suspended their prolonged strike to allow medical doctors return to their duty posts in the wake of the rising cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the country. Full text...

  • Switzerland: WHO to convene ethical review of Ebola experimental drug
    06 august 2014 22:23:06
    Geneva, Switzerland (PANA) - As demand for the Ebola experimental drug 'Zmapp' increases amid a ravaging Ebola crisis in West Africa, the World Health Organization (WHO) is to convene a panel of medical ethicists to explore the use of experimental treatment in the Ebola outbreak. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria declares national emergency over Ebola
    06 august 2014 21:29:14
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has declared the Ebola situation in the country a "national emergency", after the first Nigerian died of the disease and five others tested positive. Full text...

  • Senegal: Government stresses preventive measures against Ebola
    06 august 2014 17:13:52
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – In a bid to keep the threat of the Ebola virus disease away from its territory, Senegal is beefing up preventive measures through public sensitisation campaigns in the southeast regions of the country, according to a statement issued here Wednesday by the national health education and information department. Full text...

  • Belgium: Brussels maintains flights to/from West Africa despite Ebola disease
    06 august 2014 15:40:17
    Brussels, Belgium (PANA) - Belgium will not ban flights to and from West Africa despite the Ebola epidemic causing havoc in the region, according to a statement from the Belgian Foreign Ministry here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nurse dies of Ebola, seven cases confirmed
    06 august 2014 12:57:13
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - One of the nurses who treated Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who died of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in a Lagos hospital last month, has died from the disease, according to Nigeria's Minister of Health Onyebuchi Chukwu. Full text...

  • Botswana: Botswana issues travel ban to West Africa over Ebola
    06 august 2014 12:40:04
    Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana has issued a travel ban to countries affected by Ebola for its public service workforce, as the epidemic continues to poise more headaches for the health fraternity. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt seeks Ebola experimental drug from US
    06 august 2014 10:37:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Nigerian government is seeking US assistance to acquire the experimental drug which is being used to treat two American doctors infected with the Ebola virus while treating patients in Liberia. Full text...

  • Belgium: Belgium not considering West Africa flight ban
    05 august 2014 21:03:40
    Bruxelles, Belgium (PANA) – Belgium has no plan of banning flights to and from West Africa due to the Ebola outbreak in the subregion, according to a statement issued by the Belgian ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday. Full text...

  • US: US invests in Africa's healthcare programmes
    05 august 2014 19:29:27
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The US says it is investing in the health of Africa’s people, while Full text...

  • Mauritius: SADC calls urgent meeting on Ebola Virus Disease
    05 august 2014 15:41:10
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - The South African Development Community (SADC) has scheduled a one-day emergency meeting (6 August) of Health Ministers of its 15 Member-States and partners in Johannesburg, South Africa, following the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD), PANA learnt from official sources in Mauritius. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Don't travel to Nigeria, other Ebola-hit countries, Mauritians warned
    05 august 2014 11:54:38
    Port-Louis, Mauritius (PANA) - Mauritians have been warned not to travel to Nigeria and the three other West African countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone) that are battling Ebola cases until further notice, PANA reported from here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Tunisia: Tunisia sets up committee to monitor Ebola virus
    04 august 2014 21:06:33
    Tunis, Tunisia (PANA) - Tunisia has set up a technical and monitoring committee to deal with the Ebola virus currently prevailing in some West African countries. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health ministry launches breastfeeding week campaign
    04 august 2014 19:02:03
    Port Louis, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritius' Health Ministry on Monday launched the 'World Breastfeeding Week' in a bid to promote, protect and support breastfeeding at workplaces, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt confirms 2nd case of Ebola
    04 august 2014 14:42:55
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's federal government Monday announced that the doctor who treated the Liberian citizen who recently died of Ebola virus disease in Nigeria's commercial city of Lagos has himself tested positive to the disease. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'No plans yet to shut borders over Ebola'
    03 august 2014 11:56:29
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria has no immediate plans to shut its international borders as a strategy to ward off the spread to the country of the Ebola Virus Disease that is ravaging the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Five million children to be vaccinated against polio
    02 august 2014 10:44:41
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - Cameroon's Secretary for Health, Alim Hayatou, on Friday launched the 7th phase of free vaccination of children aged up to five years against wild poliomyelitis. Full text...

  • Guinea: President Condé vows to eradicate Ebola from Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia
    02 august 2014 08:43:38
    Conakry, Guinea (PANA) - Guinean President Alpha Condé, mandated by his counterparts from Liberia and Sierra Leone to defend their cause at the US-Africa Summit in Washington next week, has said everything possible will be done to quickly eradicate Ebola in the three countries where about 729 people have died from this disease. Full text...

  • Benin: 'No Ebola case registered in Benin'
    02 august 2014 08:41:10
    Cotonou, Benin (PANA) - Benin's Health Minister, Professor Dorothée Akoko Kindé-Gazard, says the country has not registered any case of Ebola. Full text...

  • UN: UNICEF highlights benefits of breastfeeding
    02 august 2014 08:10:00
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has again highlighted the benefits of breastfeeding saying the best thing a mother can do for her newborn is to breastfeed. Full text...

  • Nigeria: 'Two of those who had contact with Liberian Ebola victim have fever'
    01 august 2014 23:00:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Two of the 70 people who had contact with Liberian Patrick Sawyer, who died of Ebola Virus Disease in Nigeria last week, have shown symptoms of fever, though they did not test positive to the disease, the Lagos state government in Nigeria's South-west said on Friday. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS working with member states, partners to defeat Ebola - Ouédraogo
    01 august 2014 22:11:50
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is cooperating with Member States and international partners to stem the spread of the Ebola virus disease which has claimed more than 720 lives from over 1,000 cases reported in the region, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Kadré Desire Ouédraogo, said on Friday. Full text...

  • UN: WHO, West African leaders unveil US$100 million Ebola response plan
    01 august 2014 20:48:09
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organisation (WHO) and Presidents of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone on Friday in Conakry, Guinea, launched a joint US$100 million Ebola response plan for an intensified international, regional and national campaign to bring the disease under control. Full text...

  • Ethiopia: AU calls for urgent funding to boost Ebola control mechanism
    01 august 2014 16:50:04
    Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Warning of a possible spread of the killer Ebola virus to more countries beyond those already hit by the disease in West Africa, the African Union (AU) has called for urgent efforts to step up funding options for prevention measures. Full text...

  • US: Ebola not a threat for US-Africa Leaders Summit
    31 july 2014 19:47:17
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The US-Africa Leaders Summit, scheduled for next week in Washington DC, will go on as planned even though the continent is experiencing an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, a brief White House media advisory said on Thursday. Full text...

  • Ghana: Government steps up measures to prevent Ebola outbreak
    31 july 2014 19:36:19
    Accra, Ghana (PANA) - Ghana is stepping up measures to prevent the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the country with stringent emergency action to limit the movement of people from countries where the disease has been wreaking havoc. Full text...

  • US: WHO, West African leaders to launch intensified Ebola response plan
    31 july 2014 19:23:29
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Full text...

  • US: CDC issues travel warning to Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia
    31 july 2014 19:08:43
    Washington DC, US (PANA) - The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Thursday issued a warning to avoid non-essential travel to the West African nations of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Govt works on common ECOWAS strategy to combat Ebola Virus
    31 july 2014 18:27:37
    Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – Nigeria said Thursday it is working with member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on a common strategy to check the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease. Full text...

  • Senegal: 2.5billion people worldwide live without toilet facilities
    31 july 2014 17:00:10
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Singapore's business tycoon and founder of World Toilet Organisation, Jack Sim, has called for public training on toilet construction for private use and for sale to those in need of sanitation facilities, especially in developing regions of the world. Full text...

  • Mauritius: Health authorities take precautionary measures against Ebola
    31 july 2014 15:42:54
    Port-Louis, Mauritius PANA) – Mauritian health authorities Thursday announced several measures that have been taken to prevent the Ebola virus from entering the island-nation, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Kenya: Nairobi issues Ebola alert after West African outbreak
    31 july 2014 15:39:04
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya has issued an Ebola alert to all health workers manning border posts but warned that the risk of contagion was much lower as the country has over the years invested in beefing the national disease surveillance levels. Full text...

  • Mali: “No time to lose in the struggle against genital mutilation”
    31 july 2014 09:13:58
    Bamako, Mali (PANA) - UNICEF has said there is no time to lose in the struggle against female genital mutilation (FGM) and early marriage, according to a statement it issued at the first international Summit on Girls holding in London. Full text...

  • UN: WHO advises on Ebola spread
    31 july 2014 08:10:52
    New York, US (PANA) - The UN World Health Organization (WHO) has advised that while travellers should be aware of Ebola, they will not contract the highly-contagious unless they actually touch someone who is showing active symptoms. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ECOWAS advises against border closure over Ebola virus
    30 july 2014 21:40:03
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) – The Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS) on Wednesday advised against the closure of borders by member countries over the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus saying a concerted effort by all is the best way to fight the disease. Full text...

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