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  • Gambian journalists sensitized on malaria, HIV/AIDS
    03 november 2008 16:36:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambia chapter of the African Media and Malaria Rese arch Network (AMMREN), Monday, held a one-day sensitisation training workshop f o r about 25 journalists drawn from the print and electronic media. Full text...

  • Kenyan pharmaceutical firm launches new anti-allergy drug
    03 november 2008 16:13:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Pharmaceutical products manufacturer, Glaxo Smith Cline (GSK), has launched its new anti-allergy drug, which would help treat eye and no s e allergies, company officials said Monday. Full text...

  • Cholera claims three more lives in Harare
    03 november 2008 09:50:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A raging cholera attack in the Zimbabwean capital, Har are, has claimed three more lives, health officials said here Monday. Full text...

  • Botswana to focus on male circumcision for HIV/AIDS prevention
    03 november 2008 09:09:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Botswana, one of the countries with the highest HIV prevalence in the world, is focusing on the use of male circumcision as a means of preventing new infections in the country, the local press reported. Full text...

  • Cholera death toll rises in Zimbabwe
    01 november 2008 13:43:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak which hit the Zimbabwe capital, Harare, this week has claimed five more lives health officials said on Saturday. Full text...

  • Mozambique's top HIV/AIDS official denies making anti-gay remarks
    31 october 2008 18:22:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Deputy Executive Secretary of Mozambique's Natio nal AIDS Council (CNCS), Diogo Milagre, has denied making remarks earlier this w e ek that accused gays and bisexuals of contributing to the spread of AIDS. Full text...

  • Top govt. official admits Botswana nurses getting raw deal
    31 october 2008 16:21:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Newman Kahiya, permanent secretary in the Botswana M inistry of Health, has admitted that the country's nurses, who had been on strik e , are under paid. Full text...

  • Gambia hosts sub-regional workshop on baby care
    30 october 2008 18:05:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A 10-day sub-regional 'train-the-trainers' workshop on c ommunity "care for new-born babies" Wednesday opened in Banjul, Gambia, sources i nformed PANA. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak hits Zimbabwe capital
    30 october 2008 11:55:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday a cholera outbreak had hit the capital Harare, killing one person and leaving 20 others hospitalised. Full text...

  • Cholera outbreak hits Zimbabwe capital
    30 october 2008 11:14:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health officials in Zimbabwe said Thursday a cholera outbreak had hit the capital Harare, killing one person and leaving 20 others hospitalised. Full text...

  • Cape Verde seeks support for fight against drug trafficking
    29 october 2008 18:03:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Cape Verdian President Pedro Pires, lamented Tuesday, that his country continued to be vulnerable to drug traffickers because of the v astness of its maritime borders. Full text...

  • Kenyan parliament investigates maltreatment of nurses in Lesotho
    29 october 2008 18:01:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenyan authorities have sent an investigation mission to Lesotho to assess the working conditions of 59 Kenyan nurses following complain t s from parliamentarians who accused Nairobi of failing to ensure full compliance with a set of principles agreed upon during the nurses' transfer. Full text...

  • 3.4m deaths averted through GAVI-funded immunisation programmes
    29 october 2008 09:30:00
    Geneva- Switzerland (PANA) -- Some 3. Full text...

  • Mali certified free of poliomyelitis
    27 october 2008 15:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali is now certified free of poliomyelitis after an inves tigation last week by the Namibia-based Africa Regional Commission on polio erad i cation, the Mali ministry of health announced here Monday. Full text...

  • Burundi needs US$ 159 million to fight AIDS
    25 october 2008 13:32:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Burundi will need US$159 million over the next five years to roll back the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the country, said the country's Publ i c Health Minister, Dr. Full text...

  • EU donates 500,000 euros towards cholera eradication in Guinea-Bissau
    24 october 2008 12:23:00
    Bissau- Guinea-Bissau (PANA) -- The European Union (EU) has donated 500,000 euros to Guinea-Bissau to enable it tackle the cholera epidemic ravaging the country, according to an EU official statement made public here Thursday. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe to get US$500m to fight AIDS
    23 october 2008 09:16:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Thursday the country would get US$500 million in funding from the Global Fund to fight HIV, AIDS, Tuberculosis and malaria. Full text...

  • Bamako hosts world health research forum in November
    22 october 2008 19:33:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- About 1,000 participants from 68 countries around the worl d are to meet here 17-19 November to participate in the world ministerial forum o n research for health, PANA learnt from official sources. Full text...

  • UN expert urges preparedness for bird flu pandemic
    22 october 2008 16:11:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- A top UN expert Tuesday called for better preparedness for a possible influenza pandemic despite greater awareness in the aftermath of the outbreaks of avian flu, otherwise known as bird flu. Full text...

  • US firm offers US$10m facelift for African hospitals
    22 october 2008 07:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- General Electrics (GE), an American engineering firm dealing in the manufacture of industrial products, has announced plans to upgrade healthcare facilities in 10 African states. Full text...

  • Study shows growing concern over mental disorder in S/Africa
    21 october 2008 18:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Almost 7 per cent of South Africans aged 20year s and above have personality disorder, an umbrella term for chronic social dysfu n ction, so says a South African Stress and Health study conducted in conjunction w ith the World Health Organisation (WHO) Mental Health Survey Initiative. Full text...

  • Senegal distributes vaccines against livestock disease
    18 october 2008 11:07:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegalese Livestock Minister Oumou Khairy Guèye Seck on Friday handed over vaccines worth FCFA27 million to the officials in charge of the control of the bovine nodular dermatitis in the country, PANA reported. Full text...

  • African nephrologists, paediatricians meet in Morocco
    16 october 2008 17:38:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- African specialists in paediatric nephrology began a thr ee-day meeting Thursday in Casablanca (100 kilometres south of Rabat) to share t h eir experiences and learn about the latest novelties in the treatment of nephretic d iseases. Full text...

  • Cheick Ousmane Diallo, PANA's first Director General, dies at 65
    16 october 2008 15:56:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- The first director general of the Pan African News Agency (PANA), from 1979 to 1985, Cheick Ousmane Diallo, is dead. Full text...

  • '200m people observe Global Handwashing Day'
    16 october 2008 14:35:00
    New York- US (PANA) -- More than 200 million people across the globe on Wednesday marked the first ever Global Handwashing Day, UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) stated Thursday. Full text...

  • Zambia health minister links mysterious disease to rodents
    16 october 2008 08:57:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) – Latest tests on the myster-ious disease that has killed four people and triggered health fears in Zambia and neighbouring countries have linked the origin of the disease to rodents, according to Zambia's Health Minister Brian Chituwo. Full text...

  • Gambia VP urges public to wash hands with soap
    16 october 2008 07:47:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- The Gambian Vice President, Dr. Full text...

  • UNICEF raises awareness on washing hands with soap
    15 october 2008 23:11:00
    Bujumbura- Burundi (PANA) -- Washing of hands with soap represents one of the mos t effective and least expensive means to prevent diarrhoeal diseases and pneumon i a which kill many children in Burundi. Full text...

  • Mali pushes for washing of hands with soap in schools
    15 october 2008 21:12:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Mali's health minister, Ibrahim Oumar Touré, said on Tuesd ay in Bamako that washing one's hands with soap was "the most efficient vaccine" to prevent diarrhoeal diseases. Full text...

  • Treatment Action Group reveals TB funding shortfall
    14 october 2008 17:47:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- A report by the Treatment Action Group (TAG), based in N ew York, US, has found an alarming shortfall in government and private sector sp e nding to support Tuberculosis (TB) research compared to the commitments called f o r in The Global Plan to Stop TB: 2006-2015. Full text...

  • 1m Ethiopian children take part in Global Hand Wash Day
    14 october 2008 13:06:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- One million Ethiopian children will Wednesday join their peers in over 60 other countries worldwide in a challenge to have the largest number of school children wash their hands with soap on the first ever Global Hand Washing Day. Full text...

  • African health services at risk, By Anaclet Rwegayura
    13 october 2008 15:20:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Eradicating diseases has been on the cards as a t op priority of all sub-Sahara African countries for many years but the gods don' t seem to be in their favour. Full text...

  • Nigerian govt plans scholarships for AIDS orphans
    13 october 2008 08:52:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Nigeria's federal government has announced plans to institute a scholarship initiative for the estimated 1. Full text...

  • Foundation stone laid for Mozambique's largest hospital
    12 october 2008 14:17:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican Health Minister Ivo Garrido and the gover nor of Maputo province, Telmina Pereira, Friday laid the first stone for the Map u to provincial hospital, which will be the largest hospital built in the country s ince independence in 1975. Full text...

  • Cardiovascular diseases are growing public health problem
    09 october 2008 21:58:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The head of the Cardio Service of Dakar-based Aristide L e Dantec Hospital, Professor Abdou Ba, said on Thursday in Dakar that cardiovasc u lar diseases were major public health problems in the country, pointing out that they created chronic diseases that called for lifelong treatment. Full text...

  • Top US malaria envoy visits Malawi
    09 october 2008 16:44:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- A top envoy of the US President George W. Full text...

  • Fresh cholera outbreak kills 3 in Zimbabwe
    09 october 2008 10:42:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- A fresh outbreak of cholera has killed three people in northern Zimbabwe, health officials said Thursday. Full text...

  • 'Africa has enough capacity to develop new drugs, diagnostic tools'
    09 october 2008 09:16:00
    Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- African-based researchers and institutions have the capacity to develop new drugs and diagnostic tools for diseases affecting Africans, but are hampered by a lack of coordination and funding to the continent, a new study has shown. Full text...

  • Cholera kills 12 in Mozambican town
    08 october 2008 19:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- A cholera outbreak in the town of Cuamba, in the nor thern Mozambican province of Niassa, has killed 12 of the 277 people diagnosed w i th the disease so far, according to a report in Wednesday's issue of the Maputo d aily, Noticias. Full text...

  • Cameroonian govt. to promote treatment of malaria at home
    08 october 2008 15:07:00
    Yaounde- Cameroun (PANA) -- André Fouda Mama, the Cameroonian minister of Public Health, Wednesday officially launched a campaign for home treatment of malaria, u sing Artemisinine based combined therapies (ACT). Full text...

  • WHO dispatches experts to Zambia, SA over 'mysterious disease'
    08 october 2008 13:05:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has dispatched experts from its African Region Office (AFRO) based here to Zambia and South Africa to work with the country's authorities to investigate the mysterious disease which has killed four Zambians, the organisation said. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe on health alert after SA, Zambia mysterious deaths
    08 october 2008 12:01:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Health authorities in Zimbabwe said Wednesday they had placed special medical teams on high alert after reports of a mysterious disease outbreak in neighbouring South Africa and Zambia. Full text...

  • 'Mysterious disease in Zambia not ebola'
    08 october 2008 08:56:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The woman from Zambia who died in South Africa from a mysterious disease was in fact afflicted by cerebral edema and multi-organ failure, health experts disclosed here, putting to rest suspicions that she was hit by the deadly ebola virus. Full text...

  • UNICEF, others vaccinate 3.5 million Mozambican kids against measles
    07 october 2008 19:08:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican health authorities Monday, with the s upport of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and other partners, launch e d the second phase of "National Child Health Week", with the goal of vaccinating 3. Full text...

  • 'Mysterious illness' kills 3 in Zambia
    07 october 2008 10:17:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) – A mysterious illness with flu--like symptoms has broken o ut in Zambia, leaving three people dead so far, Health Minister Brian Chituwo said in a statement here. Full text...

  • Resources needed to halt maternal, infant mortality in Gambia
    05 october 2008 10:58:00
    Banjul- Gambia (PANA) -- Resource constraints are hindering efforts to further reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in The Gambia, according to the Head of the country's National Reproductive and Children Health (NRCH), Mrs. Full text...

  • Mauritius to check importation of dangerous milk from China
    02 october 2008 17:25:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Mauritian authorities have asked all food imp orters from China, particularly those dealing in milk and milk products, to subm i t original Certificate of Analysis from an independent accredited laboratory fro m the country of origin of the product to the effect that such products are free f rom melamine, a PANA correspondent learnt here Thursday. Full text...

  • Malawians on high alert over Lymphatic diseases
    30 september 2008 20:16:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian health authorities are currently administerin g preventive medication to people in eight districts of the country that are at h igh risk of being infected by lymphatic diseases. Full text...

  • Malawians on high alert over Lymphatic diseases
    30 september 2008 19:37:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawian health authorities are currently administerin g preventive medication to people in eight districts of the country that are at h igh risk of being infected by lymphatic diseases. Full text...

  • 40 cholera cases reported in north-eastern Benin
    28 september 2008 19:12:00
    Cotonou- Benin (PANA) -- Forty cholera cases have been reported in Malanville, no rth-eastern Benin, close to Niger, sources close to Benin's Public Health minist r y told PANA Sunday. Full text...

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