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  • 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...

  • Mauritius: Mauritius to export doctors to Africa
    30 july 2014 21:22:22
    Flic en Flac, Mauritius (PANA) – Mauritian Health Minister Lormus Bundhoo says the government is considering the export of doctors to Africa given the significant number of doctors graduating every year in the island. Full text...

  • Australia: UNAIDS, ASLM and partners launch initiative to improve HIV diagnostics
    30 july 2014 15:34:56
    Melbourne, Australia (PANA) - The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) have joined with global partners to launch the Diagnostics Access Initiative which calls for improving laboratory capacity to ensure that all people living with HIV can be linked to effective, high-quality HIV treatment services. Full text...

  • Nigeria: ASKY Airlines urges NCAA to reconsider suspension order over Ebola
    30 july 2014 14:19:59
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Director-General of ASKY Airlines, Mr. Yissehak Zewoldi, on Wednesday appealed to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to reconsider its suspension order on the airline’s operations into the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: FAAN sets up Ebola virus screening centres at Nigerian airports
    30 july 2014 14:06:08
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has set up screening centres at the various international airports in the country as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus. Full text...

  • Cameroon:National polio vaccination campaign holds 1-3 Aug.
    30 july 2014 11:39:55
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - A nation-wide polio vaccination campaign is to be held in Cameroon 1-3 Aug., PANA reported from here Wednesday. Full text...

  • Cameroon: Women lack family planning facilities in Cameroon
    30 july 2014 09:25:34
    Yaoundé, Cameroon (PANA) - The Institute of Training and Demographic Research (IFORD) has revealed that Cameroon can save about 2.7 billion FCFA (US$5.5 million) every year by providing half of the contraception needs in the country, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Togo: "False alert" raised on suspected Ebola carrier from Benin
    29 july 2014 15:43:53
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The Togolese health authorities have described as "false alert", the case of a passenger from Benin suspected by drivers at a motor park as suffering from the Ebola disease, reliable sources told PANA here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Togo: ASKY airline suspends flights to Sierra Leone, Liberia over Ebola
    29 july 2014 13:29:28
    Lomé, Togo (PANA) – The West African airline, ASKY, Tuesday suspends its flights to Freetown (Sierra-Leone) and Monrovia (Liberia) where the Ebola fever broke out, sources from the Lomé-based airline told PANA. Full text...

  • UN: WHO appeals for global momentum to tackle hepatitis
    28 july 2014 17:51:00
    New York, US (PANA) - With 1.4 million deaths every year attributed to acute and chronic liver disease, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday marked World Hepatitis Day by calling on countries to intensify efforts to prevent, diagnose and treat one of the world’s most serious diseases. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Nigeria takes measures to stem Ebola disease
    28 july 2014 09:30:50
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - With at least one case of Ebola Virus Disease so far recorded in Nigeria, the federal government has taken measures to prevent infected travellers from bringing the disease into the country. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola kills Liberian national in Nigeria
    25 july 2014 18:53:58
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A Liberian national, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, had died of Ebola in Nigeria, marking the first case in the country of the disease that has ravaged parts of West Africa. Full text...

  • Cape Verde: Cape Verde needs 182,000 euros to eradicate malaria
    25 july 2014 16:21:54
    Praia, Cape Verde (PANA) – Cape Verde has appealed to the Global Fund for funds, to the tune of 182,000 euros, to support its project to eradicate malaria, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Kenya: WHO opens regional Ebola response centre
    25 july 2014 10:41:59
    Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - In response to continuing reports of new cases and deaths attributable to Ebola virus disease in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, the World Health Organization (WHO) has opened a sub-regional Outbreak Coordination Centre in Conakry, the Guinean capital. Full text...

  • Senegal: 'Saving lives at Birth' project launched
    25 july 2014 05:36:35
    Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - The Senegalese NGO “Africare” Thursday launched a project called 'Saving Lives at Birth' in the capital city of Dakar, in a bid to reduce the number of maternal and infant deaths in Senegal, PANA reported from here. Full text...

  • Nigeria: Ebola fears in Lagos
    24 july 2014 21:56:35
    Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Fears that the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) has landed in Nigeria heightened on Thursday after a Liberian man, who exhibited the symptoms of the disease, was hospitalised in the commercial city of Lagos. Full text...

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